Re: UTF-8 and locales

From: Donald Page (
Date: Thu Nov 26 1998 - 06:06:02 EST

Have you tried the x/Open Internationalisation Guide Version 2?
It describes all the portable interfaces and if you restrict your use to
the multibyte ones, then your application should work out of the box in
UTF-8 given a suitable locale and support in the operating system.


On Thu, 26 Nov 1998, Markus Kuhn wrote:

> It seems to me there are extremely few people around, who might have
> understood how the interaction between locales and UTF-8 is supposed to
> work (and I have not yet managed to become one of them, in spite of
> serious interest in the matter). Both the ISO C and the POSIX standards
> are unreadable and practically useless here. What would be urgently
> needed is a readable widely available tutorial that teaches programmers
> how to enable software for UTF-8 in a portable way with locales.
> May be another Unicode Technical Report?
> Markus
> --
> Markus G. Kuhn, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK
> Email: mkuhn at, WWW: <>

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