I've been trying to use the hyphenation patterns embedded in the file
dehyphtex.tex, which is part of the
hyphen-german package. Unfortunately, the file seems to be encoded in a system that's neither UTF-8 nor ASCII. Hundreds of words listed in the file contain characters (mostly vowels with Umlaute, but also e-with-sharp-accent and others) rendered as
�. With MacTeX2012, I use TeXworks as my editor; this editor uses UTF8 as the default input encoding scheme. So far, the trial-and-error method of reloading the file using any of the several dozen alternative input encoding schemes that this editor is familiar with has produced no success.
I guess I could hand-edit the file to replace all
� instances with the correct UTF8-encoded characters, but I'm hoping there's a more automated way of doing this. Does anyone know off-hand which input encoding scheme is used for this file, and/or does anyone know of a handy method to convert a file of unknown input encoding into a UTF8-encoded file?