Bug#99933: second attempt at more comprehensive unicode policy
On Wed, Jan 15, 2003 at 12:28:43PM +0900, Junichi Uekawa wrote:
> > > But the current situation is *already* broken! For example, for a
> > > Chinese person, an ISO-8859-1 system simply cannot encode, nor display,
> > > their language. I am aware that for people entrenched in legacy
> > > charsets like ISO-8859-1, the transition may introduce
> > > incompatibilities. But that's the price we pay to eventually make
> > > everything work for everyone.
> > See http://mail.nl.linux.org/linux-utf8/2003-01/msg00037.html
> > It would be nice to make sure programs are ready before switching
> > everything to utf-8.
> The point is, we have working "iconv", and
> changing changelog will work.
We are not discussing changelog encoding here, see #174982.
Indeed we have iconv, this is exactly why we do not need to break things
and convert everything into UTF-8, but we can instead make sure all
strings have a defined encoding and patch our tools to perform runtime
encoding conversion. This is how debconf works, and I don't see why
other tools can't do the same.