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bug #42193: difference between syntax and dictionary encoding is confusing

Submitter:  Ben Pfaff <blp>
Submitted:  Fri 25 Apr 2014 04:08:58 AM UTC
   
 
Category:  Internationalization/Localization Severity:  5 - Average
Status:  None Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Open Release:  None
Effort:  0.00
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Fri 25 Apr 2014 04:08:58 AM UTC, original submission:  

The ability to have different encoding for syntax files and dictionaries is meant to be helpful, and it often is.  For example, it makes sense to be able to read a system file encoded in an arbitrary encoding from a syntax file encoded in some other encoding.

However, there is considerable room for confusion when using the --syntax-encoding command line option: if the syntax file in question creates a new dictionary, then the encoding for that dictionary doesn't follow from the syntax file's encoding, even though one would naively expect it to do so.  Instead, the new dictionary's encoding follows independently from SET LOCALE or the system locale.

I am not sure of a good solution, but it seems a problem worth considering.

Originally encountered: http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/pspp-users/2014-04/msg00002.html
Problem explained: http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/pspp-users/2014-04/msg00004.html

Ben Pfaff <blp>
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