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I've seen the following in some init files,

(set-charset-priority 'unicode)

but after reading the documentation, I can't really say I understand the implications of this. In general I'm inclined to go Unicode and UTF-8 all the way, this being 2017, but would setting unicode as the highest priority charset have performance implications?

I know that a charset is distinct from an encoding scheme (e.g. UTF-8), but I don't think I understand Emac's handling of charsets well enough to understand the effect this setting has.

Currently, running charset-priority-list in my current Emacs returns a list of 170 charsets, beginning with:

(ascii
iso-8859-1
unicode
latin-iso8859-1
...
  • Good question. I too am interested in knowing the answer. – Drew Apr 12 '17 at 4:56

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