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Re: UTF-8 in copyright files?

On Tue, Dec 16, 2003 at 04:38:23PM +0100, Sven Luther wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 16, 2003 at 02:48:01PM +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> > Depends how practical that is, I guess. For example, it's still unknown
> > when groff will support it properly (as in UTF-8 input; UTF-8 output is
> > more or less OK now), since nobody's yet done the work and it's Hard. I
> Yep, noticed that also, man simply removes the - from manpages, which is
> a pain, as they get used pretty much in manpages.

See /etc/groff/{man,mdoc}.local. (And no, groff doesn't remove "-", it
renders it as the Unicode HYPHEN character.)

> > don't think we'd want either to delay sarge+1 by an arbitrary amount of
> > time until that happens or to drop man pages from the distribution ...
> Then, do not say that we should allow UTF-8 usage in files, if it is
> clearly not going to be supported. Come one, sarge+1 is probably more
> than 2 years away, if we cannot support UTF-8 by then, something is
> seriously wrong.

What I'm saying is that we depend on upstreams to make significant
design changes, and that's something we have little control over, so it
shouldn't be a release goal as such. Some changes can be made in Debian,
but I'm not sure radical design shifts with compatibility implications


Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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