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Re: Is there anybody interested in supporting GB18030 in debian?


Tomohiro KUBOTA wrote:

> Hi,
> At Fri, 19 Jan 2001 22:01:02 +0800,
> suzhe <suzhe@gnuchina.org> wrote:
> > China government published the GB18030 encoding standard last year. I
> > think this is a very important standard for
> > mainland of China, because the government requests all of the OSes must
> > support GB18030 before Aug 31th 2001.
> > I wonder if debian will support GB18030 and is there anybody interested
> > in it?
> Glibc-2.2 already have GB18030 locale.  Thus, properly internationalized
> softwares will work well with GB18030 under LANG=zh_CN.GB18030 locale.
> However, unfortunately, not many softwares are internationalized yet.
> Please refer "Introduction to I18N" in Debian Documentation Project.
> This document has hints to internationalize softwares.
> XFree86 also need GB18030 locale, which is not supported yet.
> Please ask at i18n@xfree86.org mailing list  (I know you are
> subscribing to the list:-)

  Yes, I have already done a primitive GB18030 patch for XFree86 4.0.2, and
can let Gnome environment run under zh_CN.GB18030 locale, most of the
gnome program can display and edit GB18030 encoded text correctly. Thanks
gnome/gtk guys for their excellent work!

  But, There are still lots of problems in it. The most serious problem is
seems do not support zh_CN.GB18030 locale.

  And there are still many programs do not have fully i18n support. Lots of
which support CJK encoding are using its own way to deal with it, so GB18030 is
also a problem for these programs.


James Su

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