zap Windows Western gremlin characters


CP1252 (Windows Western) is a superset of ISO8859-1 (Latin-1). Accidentally mixing CP1252 with ISO8859-1 is common, causing "gremlins" - broken misfit characters.

Encode::ZapCP1252 detects freak characters and either transliterates them into ASCII counterparts or translates them to UTF-8 equivalents.

Processed strings are assumed to contain a mixture of ASCII, ISO8859-1 and CP1252, but no actual UTF-8 characters (even if encoded as such). For string soups including UTF-8 characters, Encoding::FixLatin may be better suitable.

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