10.3. Language support in gedit

gedit is the official text editor used in the GNOME desktop. gedit also provides support for syntax highlighting for various programming languages including C, C++, Java, HTML, XML, Python, Perl among others.
When opening a file (from the menu File > Open), you can specify the character encoding for a file under the Character Coding section in the Open File window. By default gedit can also auto detect the character encoding.
When saving a file (from the menu File > Save As) you can also specify the character encoding to use for the file in the Character Coding section of the "Save As" window. On selecting the preferred character encoding, click on the Save button. More information on using gedit including latest updates can be obtained on http://www.gedit.org.