[FWD]: Re: Lithuanian locales
I just have had a nice talk with Pablo Saratxaga from MandrakeSoft,
who actually brought the Lithuanian language support (officially) to linux.
I am including the forward of Pablo's reply for you guys, who maintain
XFree and other X related tools on Debian - could you please include
the patches Mandrake provides for XFree, x-tt ?
Thanks in advance.
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Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 04:56:00 +0100
From: Pablo Saratxaga <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Kestutis Kupciunas <email@example.com>
Cc: Joel Klecker <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Pablo Saratxaga <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Lithuanian locales
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On Sat, Nov 20, 1999 at 08:31:33PM +0200, Kestutis Kupciunas wrote:
> MandrakeSoft did a great job bringing Lithuanian language support
> into Linux.
Yes. That has been possible thanks to the help of the people using Linux in
Lithuanian, that brings their help, tested, and give info on the charset
> I guess, Debian community may largely benefit from what
> Mandrake has done:
Of course; I hope it gets included on standard sources.
> Debian has been carrying quite old Lithuanian
> locales for a long time now, maybe somebody could update it?
> Here is the link for proper Lithuanian locales RPM:
However; it is not the lt_LT locale itself which was the problem (it is
correct) but the charset encoding. Most systems use iso-8859-4 to define
the lcoale; but the charset really used in Lithuania is iso-8859-13.
For the locale it was quite trivial to replace ISO-8859-4 with ISO-8859-13
when calling localedef on lt_LT.
But there were also the need to patch XFree86 to add proper support
(iso8859-13 was included; but that was almost all; there were missing keysyms,
missing Compose file; and the lt locale was declared t ouse iso8859-4.
So the real changes are in XFree86, where I added the few missing keysyms
for iso8859-13 chars, a Compose file, lithuanian keyboards, proper definition
of lt, lt_LT etc to use iso8859-13, and support of iso8859-13 on the X-TT
font server with True Type support (as having support for a given encoding
without the ability to use fonts on that encoding is not very fun :) )
So, the file to get is rather XFree86-3.3.5-9mdk.src.rpm (or higher).
My patches are on XFree86-3.3.5-i18n and XFree86-3.3.5-fixkbd files
for XFree86, and the xtt patches.
> This RPM has been built by Pablo Saratxaga <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
> so probably he may help.
> Kestutis Kupciunas
Ki ça vos våye bén,
http://www.ping.be/~pin19314/ PGP Key available, key ID: 0x8F0E4975
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