The application sets this property to specify a comment to be embedded into the generated zip archive.
According to PKWARE's zip specification, the comment is not encrypted, even if there is a password set on the zip file.
The specification does not describe how to indicate the encoding used on a comment string. Many "compliant" zip tools and libraries use IBM437 as the code page for comments; DotNetZip, too, follows that practice. On the other hand, there are situations where you want a Comment to be encoded with something else, for example using code page 950 "Big-5 Chinese". To fill that need, DotNetZip will encode the comment following the same procedure it follows for encoding filenames: (a) if AlternateEncodingUsage is Never, it uses the default encoding (IBM437). (b) if AlternateEncodingUsage is Always, it always uses the alternate encoding (AlternateEncoding). (c) if AlternateEncodingUsage is AsNecessary, it uses the alternate encoding only if the default encoding is not sufficient for encoding the comment - in other words if decoding the result does not produce the original string. This decision is taken at the time of the call to ZipFile.Save().