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Detect Encoding for In- and Outgoing Text

, 27 Oct 2009 Public Domain
Detect the encoding of a text without BOM (Byte Order Mask) and choose the best Encoding for persistence or network transport of text
namespace MultiLanguage
{
    using System;
    using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
    using System.Security;

    [StructLayout(LayoutKind.Sequential, Pack=4)]
    public struct tagMIMECPINFO
    {
        public uint dwFlags;
        public uint uiCodePage;
        public uint uiFamilyCodePage;
        [MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.ByValArray, SizeConst=0x40)]
        public ushort[] wszDescription;
        [MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.ByValArray, SizeConst=50)]
        public ushort[] wszWebCharset;
        [MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.ByValArray, SizeConst=50)]
        public ushort[] wszHeaderCharset;
        [MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.ByValArray, SizeConst=50)]
        public ushort[] wszBodyCharset;
        [MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.ByValArray, SizeConst=0x20)]
        public ushort[] wszFixedWidthFont;
        [MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.ByValArray, SizeConst=0x20)]
        public ushort[] wszProportionalFont;
        public byte bGDICharset;
    }
}

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Carsten Zeumer
Software Developer (Senior)
Germany Germany
Carsten started programming Basic and Assembler back in the 80’s when he got his first C64. After switching to a x86 based system he started programming in Pascal and C. He started Windows programming with the arrival of Windows 3.0. After working for various internet companies developing a linguistic text analysis and classification software for 25hours communications he is now working as a contractor.
 
Carsten lives in Hamburg, Germany with his wife and five children.

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