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How much utf-8 do we accept in control files?


currently, there are a quite some requests open how much utf-8 is
acceptable in control-files. Currently at least the following requests are
#99324: Default charset should be UTF-8
#142164: Packages files should be in UTF-8
#208011: [PROPOSAL] UTF-8 encoding for debian/control
#241333: policy mentions that changelogs should be utf-8; this is a bug

Furthermore, some maintainers use already utf-8 for their name (this means
in debian/control and in the changelog).

It seems quite obvious to me that we shouldn't switch to utf-8 in the control
files before release of sarge. However, it seems also obvious to me that we
won't escape allowing utf-8 in the long run. Therefor, I'd suggest to
officially allow utf-8 (but encourage to stick to ascii) in the control
files after release of sarge, and till then allow utf-8 only for the
maintainer/uploader name (as the current use is).

I'd like to hear your opinions on that.

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