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Questions about Chinese i18n (zh_TW.Big5 locale)

Hello!  :-)

I received an e-mail last week from Tung-Han Hsieh, the current main
author of the excellent xcin-2.3.04 package, the X Chinese INput
server.  As he develops xcin-2.5, which will be compliant with C and
X11's locale standards, he is also actively involved in the Chinese
Linux Extension (CLE) Project as they strive towards I18N/L10N for the
Chinese community.  They have incorporated the zh_TW.Big5 locale into
glibc-2.1, but are running into some problems.

Here is my rough translation of his e-mail message.  (My English isn't
that good, so I hope I didn't make too many mistakes or misinterpret
Tung-Han's words.  :-)  His original message in Chinese is after the
translated one.  :-)  Thanks for your help!  :-)

----- Forwarded message from Tung-Han Hsieh <thhsieh@twcpro.phys.ntu.edu.tw> -----

Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 14:28:22 +0800
From: Tung-Han Hsieh <thhsieh@twcpro.phys.ntu.edu.tw>
To: foka@ualberta.ca
Subject: Questions about i18n
X-Mailer: Mutt 0.91.2
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1


Recently, many of us have been working on the [Chinese] zh_TW.Big5
locale on Linux.  This locale requires glibc-2.1.  (Although it could
be used under glibc-2.0.7 using libwcsmbs, but since glibc-2.1 is out
already, that possibility is not being considered.) We already have our
own locale-def file, but there are still some problems under glibc-2.1.
We don't know where to find help, so I would like to ask you first.

Here is my question: Could I give you a copy of our locale-def to
Debian's glibc-2.1 maintainer(s) or the i18n group for testing?  If you
find that it could be a bug in glibc-2.1, could Debian help fix the
bug, and then forward the bug report or patch to GNU?  And when the
problem is corrected, could Debian accept our zh_TW.Big5 file as part
of the official release?  To whom should I report these problems?  Or
should I discuss with GNU (FSF) directly?

Actually, I don't feel too comfortable to contact GNU/FSF directly
since my copy of glibc-2.1 has been patched by Debian and may not be
the latest version, so I am not sure how to report the problem, and
would like to ask you [Debian developers] for help.

Thanks in advance!  :-))


----- End forwarded message -----

The following is the Tung-Han's original message in Big5 (traditional
Chinese) encoding:

----- Forwarded message from Tung-Han Hsieh <thhsieh@twcpro.phys.ntu.edu.tw> -----

Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 14:28:22 +0800
From: Tung-Han Hsieh <thhsieh@twcpro.phys.ntu.edu.tw>
To: foka@ualberta.ca
Subject: 有關 i18n 問題
X-Mailer: Mutt 0.91.2
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1


好久沒聯絡了。最近我們有很多人在做 Linux 上的 zh_TW.Big5 locale,
這個 locale 最起碼要在 glibc-2.1 上才能用 (在 glibc-2.0.7 雖然可
以藉由 libwcsmbs 來使用,但既然 glibc-2.1 已經出來了,所以就不列
入考慮) ,我們已有自己的 locale-def 檔,但在 glibc-2.1 下仍然有

我想問的是,我可不可以將我們的 locale-def 檔交給 Debian 的 glibc-2.1
維護者或專門維護 i18n 小組的人來測試? 如果發現可能是 glibc-2.1 的 bug 
的話, Debian 能不能先代為修正,然後再將問題或 patch 反應給 GNU? 如
果最後問題修正了之後, Debian 能不能開始收我們的 zh_TW.Big5 檔,成
為正式 release 的一部分? 這類問題我該找誰反應? 還是說我應該直接與
GNU 總部談?

事實上,我不太敢直接找 GNU 總部,原因是我手邊的 glibc-2.1 都是 Debian
patch 過的,而且也一定不是最新的 glibc-2.1 版本,所以我不曉得該如何

在此先說聲謝謝。 :-))


----- End forwarded message -----

Anthony Fok Tung-Ling                Civil and Environmental Engineering
foka@ualberta.ca, foka@debian.org    University of Alberta, Canada
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