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PSPP-BUG: [bug #42193] difference between syntax and dictionary encoding

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: PSPP-BUG: [bug #42193] difference between syntax and dictionary encoding is confusing
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:09:00 +0000
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                 Summary: difference between syntax and dictionary encoding is
                 Project: PSPP
            Submitted by: blp
            Submitted on: Thu 24 Apr 2014 09:08:58 PM PDT
                Category: Internationalization/Localization
                Severity: 5 - Average
                  Status: None
             Assigned to: None
             Open/Closed: Open
         Discussion Lock: Any
                 Release: None
                  Effort: 0.00



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:
Problem explained:


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