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Bug#99933: second attempt at more comprehensive unicode policy

On Wed, Jan 15, 2003 at 01:17:51AM -0500, Colin Walters wrote:
> On Tue, 2003-01-14 at 21:50, starner@okstate.edu wrote:
> > Are you volunteering to write patches for every program in Debian, and
> > maintain them (since the upstream author probably won't be interested
> > in this Debian-only scheme)?
> No, but I am volunteering to write some patches for some programs.  I
> think we might be able to get a fair number of upstreams to go along
> with it.
> > >Note again that GNOME programs and the like are already creating UTF-8
> > >filenames, because they work completely in UTF-8 internally.  
> > 
> > Which is considered a mistake by many. 
> Now, this is interesting.  I had thought that the general consensus in
> the free software community at large was that UTF-8 is the only sane
> charset for filenames, and to not attempt complete support for filenames
> in the locale charset.  At least this is quite obviously the position
> taken by GNOME.  Do you have any suitable references for projects which
> take a different appproach?

I think this ought to be a reminder that taking a Debian-specific
approach to this and reckoning that we can probably "get a fair number
of upstreams to go along with it" is a mistake. If there isn't a
widely-accepted standard, we will just create a mess.

Are the LSB interested in working on this?

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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