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Bug#99324: Default charset should be UTF-8

On Jun 01, Radovan Garabik <garabik@melkor.dnp.fmph.uniba.sk> wrote:

 >[*] I'd like to type naive properly, with i-diaeresis, but I just cannot,
 >since it is not in ISO-8859-2 encoding my console is switched to
I'm not arguing about this. I agree that in a perfect world everybody
would be using unicode, encoded as UTF-8 or UTF-16. My point is that
there is too much broken software to switch now to UTF-8.

 >[**] It happens to me more often than I would like: I download a program,
 >with documentation in (guess) Russian. Switch my console to KOI-8, type less...
 >uhm... gibberish. Use konwert to convert from CP1251 to koi8-r, pipe to less...
 >still gibberish... try ISO-8859-5, still nothing..
 >Some head scratches, ls /usr/share/konwert/filters, pondering about what could be
 >other russian encodings... trying CP866, still gibberish... giving up in disgust,
 >maybe it was japanese or chinese, god knows
 >Several days later found out it was in ECMA-cyrillic.
This is a good point, but it's something which should be discussed among
russian developers (do we have any?). I'm not going to dictate them the
encoding they should use.
Maybe right now what they really need is a patched less which can invoke
iconv, I don't know.


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