Re: unicode on Linux

From: Owen Taylor (
Date: Thu Oct 23 2003 - 13:27:46 CST

On Thu, 2003-10-23 at 04:54, Stephane Bortzmeyer wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 21, 2003 at 09:56:16AM -0700,
> Peter Kirk <> wrote
> a message of 22 lines which said:
> > In this page, Markus Kuhn is damaging his credibility by continuing to
> > refer in several places to Unicode 3.0, although the page was updated
> > some time after the release of Unicode 4.0. Is the rest of this material
> > similarly out of date?
> Exactly my point. At the present time, trying to switch your working
> environment from Latin-1 to Unicode means digging through a lot of
> documentations, often out of date or inaccurate, compiling a lot of
> programs (see Benjamin Peterson's posting for just one program, grep)
> and debugging the whole stuff.
> Switching to Unicode requires dedication, for the ordinary Unix user
> (who is not an Unicode consortium member, just an ordinary computer
> engineer).

Well, UTF-8 is the default encoding on many Linux distributions
these days (Red Hat, of course, is what I'm familiar with), so
that makes the amount of work involved in "switching" pretty


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