Re: Debian doesn't have to be slower than time.
Marco d'Itri wrote on Mon Feb 18, 2002 um 01:40:45PM:
> Please do not confuse i18n and l10n with unicode support.
> The reality is that most users do not need unicode support and cannot
> use it as their native encoding because doing this would fuck up
> communications with other people still using a local charset as their
> native encoding.
a) Most users use more-or-less up-to-date versions of MicroShit Outlook
(Express), so they can read unicode.
b) Good MUAs like mutt can be configured to try to recode the message
into a native charset and only use unicode if no NLS charset was
> And forcing it to be a release goal would be just stupid, unless you
> plan to do the all the work needed to make all programs support it
> correctly without breaking other things.
This is a good goal, but not easy to be realized. Though we should look
how to prepare Debian for this, since other OS are already going this
way. I suggest following steps:
- All not-localised programms must not break on UTF8
- Allready localised programs must handle from/to unicode conversion
transparently. This does not cover correct internal data processing,
just user interaction.
- Programs must process data correctly (almost working example: mutt)
and provide transient solutions
- Programs must switch the settings relative to used charset
- using UTF8 as the default charset
- is it possible to use a normal Linux console (without framebuffer or
other crapy slow solutions) and a customised subset of Unicode as
character map? I mean: I need only 128bit ASCII, few chars from
iso-8859-15 and about 60 chars from koi8 charset. All this should fit
in 255 chars.
"Und deshalb sollte man ja auch immer _alle_ Editoren installieren: XEmacs
_und_ Vim." -- Sven Guckes