The thing that bothers me most about property files (and the reason that
I can't use IDEA to edit them) is that for some reason property files
should be encoded in ISO-8859-1 and no other encoding.
Since I'm usually writing international applications (and happens to write
in at least one double byte language myself), I'm using UTF-8 for my
source code and everything else for quite sometime. However, I can't do
this for property files. It would be nice if the PropertiesEditor plugin
could automagically show the property files as UTF-8 on screen (so I can
see the actual characteres instead \u1234\u4321 gibberish), but keep the
file in disk as ISO-8859-1, doing all the necessary conversions for me.
By the way, I think this feature is actually a core thing that should be
handled by IDEA itself, but it seems that PropertiesEditor is my best
chance to get this implemented. Maybe I'll take a shot at it myself when I
get some free time.
Marcus Brito <firstname.lastname@example.org>