Re: Linux & Unicode

Date: Wed Dec 02 1998 - 18:02:43 EST

GP wrote:


>I understand the problem of dragging legacy balls-and-chains, but I
would think that any *new* "alternative to Windows" would start out
with a pure Unicode-based GUI API.

It's good to ask about Unicode, but bear in mind that the issues go
well beyond what encoding models are supported by text APIs. Correct
rendering of the various scripts included in Unicode is far from
trivial, even if only for the writing systems of the major languages
using those scripts, and not even MS has fully crossed that bridge.
And rendering is only one of several issues. If you're looking for a
GUI for Linux that really does what is needed to handle the way the
world writes, make sure all the issues are addressed!

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