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I have a file encoded in Chinese Big5. Is there a text editor that I can use to view the file in Chinese?

I'm on Windows. If I view the file in Notepad++ I see it decoded with my 8bit locale.

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The text editor vim supports Big5 encoding. You will also need to set vim to use a font that includes the set of characters needed.

Vim commands for encodings include

:e ++enc=big5           (reload current file using big5 encoding)
:set enc=big5
:set fenc=big5



Notepad++ v5.6 new features and fixed bugs (from v5.5.1)
Add languages encoding - Chinese traditional (BIG5), Chinese Simplified (GB2312), Japanese (Shift JIS), Korean (EUC), Thai (TIS-620), Hebrew (iso-8859-8), Hebrew (1255), Central European (1250), Cyrillic (1251), Cyrillic (KOI8-U), Cyrillic (KOI8-R), Cyrillic (Mac), Western European(1252), Greek (1253), Turkish(1254), Arabic (1256), Baltic (1257), Vietnamese (1258), ISO_8859-1 to ISO_8859-16 and a lot of more.


Selecting Big5 encoding Choosing a suitable font

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I've poked through all the settings in Notepad++ and I can't find a setting to view as Big5. I ended up opening the file in Chrome and changing the view encoding to Big5 to read the file. – OregonTrail Dec 6 '11 at 2:19
@OregonTrail: See updated answer – RedGrittyBrick Dec 6 '11 at 16:55
Awesome, thanks for screenshot. Turns out I just had an old version of NP++ installed. – OregonTrail Dec 7 '11 at 2:32

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