Has anyone already looked at getting UTF-8 support into the original
xterm software as found in the Open Group's Sample Implementation and
the XFree86 distribution?
It would be really cool to have a UTF-8 enhanced VT100 terminal emulator
ubiquitously available under Unix. For the first phase, I would only be
interested in pure UTF-8 support without additional mechanisms, such
that Latin/Greek/Cyrillic/blockgraphics/etc. can be used easily
simultaneously. Extending xterm to handle doublewidth character sets,
right-to-left, Arabic, etc. is a completely orthogonal and an at least
one order of magnitude more tricky problem.
(Yes, I know about 9term, uxterm, etc., but I am talking about making
the mainstream xterm quickly ready for at least the part of Unicode that
can be represented with Latin typewriter semantics.)
-- Markus G. Kuhn, Security Group, Computer Lab, Cambridge University, UK email: mkuhn at acm.org, home page: <http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/>
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