Windows and character sets

from the Artful MySQL Tips List


In the US, the default code page is 437; in Europe, 850. Wndows NotePad saves in ANSI format by default. It can be forced to save UTF-8 but the file will include a BOM which will prevent the file executing as a batch file. The Windows CMD window gives very limited UTF-8 support. Most commands use ANSI. Only DIR, FOR /F and TYPE support UTF-*. CMD only supports two character encodings with CMD /A and CMD /U. For full unicode support use PowerShell.

Last updated 30 Mar 2016


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