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Re: Text mode (CLI), Knoppix, russian

On Sun, Feb 02, 2003 at 10:23:26PM +0100, Hans Schou wrote:
> to get the fonts look right. After loading the font I edit this file:
> http://www.sslug.dk/~chlor/braille/text.ru.txt
> The mapping should be koi8 but it looks wrong with UniCyr.
> ? C1 193 (   1    )01 B+2801 U+0430 cyrillic small letter a
> ? C4 196 (   145  )0B B+2819 U+0434 cyrillic small letter de
> Is the above a cyrillic a and d?

No we see, that Pine requires special tuning to work with koi8-r
encoding :-) I'm not a Pine user, so I don't know how to fix this.
But I have looked at link above, this is really table in koi8-r
encoding, so you should use koi8-r everywhere.

> Should I use ISO-8859-5 instead?
> ftp://ftp.unicode.org/Public/MAPPINGS/ISO8859/8859-5.TXT
> Here is "cyrillic small a" 0xD0 and not 0xC1 as above.

There is a mess with different cyrillic encodings. We have several
incompatible ones. ISO-8859-5 was used in commercial Unix systems,
but in the free unices KOI8-R was used instead. Now ISO-8859-5
practically unused and you may safely forget about it. Another widely
spreaded encodings are CP1251, used in MS Windows systems, and CP866,
used in MS DOS (and all of this codepages are incompatible with each

> Can someone explain this?
> Which standard will a blind text mode user use?

Your software will be used on Linux systems, so koi8-r should be
supported in any case. Probably you should make codepage selection
process easy configurable to get possibility select any one.

Andrey V. Kiselev
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