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Re: encodings for debconf templates


--- for Joey Hess ---
I am now discussing about internationalizing debconf.
This is related to Bug#148490.  Please read
which is the origin of this discussion.
I wonder you don't subscribe debian-i18n list.  So,
I add your address to "To:" field hereafter.
Sorry that I didn't inform you since the beginning of this discussion.
--- for Joey Hess ---

At Wed, 3 Jul 2002 09:22:04 +0200,
Radovan Garabik wrote:

> > ca     ISO-8859-1 ? ISO-8859-15 ?
> what language is this?


> > se     ?
> > sv     ISO-8859-1 ? ISO-8859-15 ?
> isn't it se_SV? (se is language name - swedish, SV country - Sweden)

"se" is Sami.  However, I think it may be a typo in Debconf template.
How do you think about


with Description-se: field?

> > Or, to internationalize Debconf, it may be a good idea to convert
> > all Debconf templates into UTF-8.  The merits of this way are
> And I'd really welcome it. Btw what happens if I do it manually?
> Would your script be confused and fail?

For my script to work well, *all* Debconf templates will have to
be converted and my script will have to be integrated into debconf
package.  Since I don't know at all about the internal of debconf
(though I know about how to handle encodings), I will need help.

For debconf to work well for most of people, migration of Debconf
templates will have to be done in a short period, because debconf
won't work well during template migration.  If this will be a large
problem, some mechanism will be needed to handle both of conventional
and UTF-8 Debconf templates.

BTW, does Text::Iconv(3pm) works well (I mean, we can convert ISO-8859-*,
KOI8-R, EUC-* and so on) without "locales" package?

Tomohiro KUBOTA <kubota@debian.org>
"Introduction to I18N"  http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/intro-i18n/

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