commanderW - 9:49 pm on Nov 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
I would like to add that when you set your text editor to save as UTF-8, you also have to set set it to open this type of file. If you choose UTF-8 also, then your editor may not open Latin-1 or Mac OS Roman encoded files. In this case you get a 'cannot open file' warning.
Text Editor on OS X has the open option Automatic. This opens any file.
But then remember that your text editor will still save all files, and convert all files that you open, to UTF-8.
So if you suddenly have trouble opening files after changing both 'open as', and 'save as', settings in your text editor to UTF-8, just go in and change those settings back to default or play around with them. Usually you will just have to reset the text editor to open files as Latin-1 if you run across a file that won't open, since that is the more common default encoding. Then reset back to UTF-8 when you need to open the UTF-8 files again.
But I recommend using the setting automatic for open, and UTF-8 for save.