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Re: Bug#620808: ITP: payyans -- A python utility to convert between ASCII and Unicode.

On Mon, Apr 04, 2011 at 03:58:43PM +0530, Dhananjay wrote:
> An ASCII to unicode conversion utility.
> Package name: payyans
> URL: http://wiki.smc.org.in/Payyans
> Description:Payyans is a python program to convert the data written
> for ascii fonts in ascii format to the Unicode format.

Uhm, but Debian already contains an ASCII->Unicode converter.  It's called
"cat".  There's also an in-place version, /bin/true.  This assumes UTF-8,
but other Unicode encodings are not supported in a vast majority of tools
anyway, and iconv can handle them.

What payyans seems to do is converting from some other encoding where for
example the octet 65 (0x41) doesn't mean "A" but "അ", 66 is "ക" and so on.
This is definitely not ASCII; it's about as close to it as to EBCDIC.

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