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13.2 External Formats

To be able to communicate to the external world, CMUCL supports external formats to convert to and from the external world to CMUCL’s string format. The external format is specified in several ways. The standard streams *standard-input*, *standard-output*, and *standard-error* take the format from the value specified by *default-external-format*. The default value of *default-external-format* is :iso8859-1.

For files, OPEN takes the :external-format parameter to specify the format. The default external format is :default.