Currently, wordpress.org hard codes the page encoding:
in no less than 18 places throughout all of its files (listed at the end of this email). This is not good for those of us who want to use UTF-8 or 2-byte Asian languages (e.g. CJKV)
Please replace all of these with a single variable like $charset and either put this in one file that we can easily change, the database options, or preferably, included the ability to set this option directly in WordPress's options.
I recommend using UTF-8 as the default and resolving any problems such an encoding might create. It is long past time to move past Latin encoding. There is a whole world out there...