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Re: Bug#99324: Default charset should be UTF-8

Anton Zinoviev <anton@lml.bas.bg> writes:

> On  1.VI.2001 at 14:00 Marco d'Itri wrote:
> >
> > I don't know about Arabic and Hebrew, but russian people don't like
> > unicode and do not want to switch from the KOI-8 and KOI-8r encodings.
> Well, I am not Russian but my impressions show that generally the
> Russian people are not against Unicode.  It's not pleasant to deal with
> so many incompatible 8-bit Cyrillic encodings.  When Unicode becomes a
> real alternative to all Cyrillic encodings I guess that most of the
> Cyrillic users (not only Russians) will switch to Unicode.
> The real problem of Unicode is that still there is not enough support
> for it.  And at least for a few years 8-bit encodings are going to be
> better supported than Unicode.

We'll have some problems with UTF. One of them -- linux console driver
doesn't have full unicode support. So users will be able to read
russian texts only in X11. Imagine the situation when user just installed
Debian and couldn't configure X during installation process. He can't
read russian docs after this.

BTW, what with Hurd console driver? It is unicode capable?

> Nevertheless my opinion that using UTF-8 by default is a good idea.  The
> only problem is what latin1 users would think about that.  Or what would
> think some of the users of vim who hate emacs.

I couldn't configure emacs for use with unicode last time I tried,
but vim works with unicode.

Peter Novodvorsky     http://www.altlinux.ru/    AltLinux Team, Russia
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