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I don't think I have any ability to "set" my system's codepage - my understanding
is that Japanese Windows always operates in Shift-JIS except when presented
with something it has to render using something else (for example, regular Notepad
seem to correctly handle whatever I throw at it). But when I open an HTML document
that includes Shift-JIS text in N++, all the Japanese is garbled, so N++ apparently
doesn't render as seamlessly as you are thinking it should. You seem to feel
that I can somehow just manually "define" Shift-JIS for N++, but if so, I have
no idea how to do that - it is not in the list of choices on the Format menu.
ConvertExt does not handle any MBCS at all. I wrote to the author about whether
he might add Shift-JIS (or DBCS in general) to it, and he replied just now.
It turns out that he lost the source code for ConvertExt, so he started over
from scratch - the new one is called Encodings. But he is tired of working
on it and has given up on it at a "pre-Alpha" stage. The story is here:
He is hoping that someone else will get interested in it and finish it, but
so far there has been no interest. I don't even have a C++ compiler (my C experience
was over 20 years ago), and I have negative spare time (I'm losing ground on
my obligations as it is), so I'm not the right person.
As for what conversion I would need, I need to convert from Shift-JIS to UTF-8,
but since Shift-JIS doesn't even display correctly in N++, I'm just going to
use other applications for that kind of code. It seems that the Windows clipboard
quietly does the necessary conversion when I copy/paste, so I can take advantage
of that. For example, I can view a Shift-JIS webpage in Firefox, highlight
and copy something, and paste it into an online HTML editor on a UTF-8 webpage
(which is at a basic level just a textarea in an HTML form), and it works fine.
So I guess I'll just do that, and avoid using N++ for editing things that have
Shift-JIS text (from old websites or text documents that were created on my
local computer in Notepad or such, because they are saved in Shift-JIS also).
If someone (like yourself?) decides to work on the Encodings plugin, that would
be great, but I'm not going to hold my breath.
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