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FilledSmallSquare$SystemCharacterEncoding gives the default raw character encoding for the computer system on which Mathematica is being run.

FilledSmallSquare$SystemCharacterEncoding is used to determine the default value of $CharacterEncoding.

FilledSmallSquare The notebook front end handles raw character encodings independent of the kernel.

FilledSmallSquare The possible settings for $SystemCharacterEncoding are the same as for $CharacterEncoding.

FilledSmallSquare See The Mathematica Book: Section 2.7.8.

FilledSmallSquare See also: CharacterEncoding.