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Re: And now for something completely different... etch!

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Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña <jfs@computer.org> writes:

> Feel free to add some new items or add (hopefully new) information to the 
> ones I list below:

[Transition to UTF-8 locales]
- - The locale codeset should be UTF-8 for all new installs by default.
- - Existing installations should be unaffected, but it might be nice to
  offer to generate the equivalent UTF-8 locales for the locales in use.
- - When UTF-8 is the default locale, it shouldn't need a .UTF-8 suffix,
  e.g. en_GB will be UTF-8, and en_GB.ISO-8859-1 will be Latin-1 (the
  opposite way round to the current situation which creates
  en_GB.UTF-8 and en_GB [Latin-1]).

This change has (as far as I can tell) been done already by most major
commercial distributions (e.g. SuSE, RedHat).  The actual mechanics of
the transition should be fairly straightforward, since UTF-8 locales
are already supported, this is simply switching the defaults in the
locales package.  This won't affect existing installs, so breakage
should be none to minimal.

At a later point, we should also look into recoding our documentation
into UTF-8.  While reviewing RC bugs for sarge, I found that the
DocBook toolchain is quite broken WRT text encoding support.  It
doesn't put the encoding in the generated HTML, which nowadays is not
acceptable.  See gnupg-doc for examples.


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