On Tue, 2010-03-23 at 18:08 +0000, Rasmus Lerdorf wrote:
> rasmus                                   Tue, 23 Mar 2010 18:08:06 +0000
> Revision: http://svn.php.net/viewvc?view=revision&revision=296685
> Log:
> Switch default_charset, if not specified, from ISO-8859-1 to UTF-8
> I have been wanting to make this change for years, but there is a small
> chance of BC issues, so it shouldn't go into a minor release.

I in "my world" this isn't just a small chance of a break. Over here
every application has to deal with non-ASCII characters (äöüßÄÖÜ). Many
"average" applications don't set the encoding, most don't care. 

With the environments using more and more Utf-8 (operating system
environments, editor defaults, ...) the change is good but it is no
small thing but will cause "trouble" for many users having iso-8859-1
texts in their database and getting broken pages after the upgrade and
we should advise users to mind their encodings!

Fixing applications is easy, getting the knowledge to our users is hard.


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