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Re: [debian-user] International Characters

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On Tuesday 14 October 2003 20:40, Rüdiger Kuhlmann wrote:
> >--[Arne Goetje]--<20030910antispam@gmx.net>
> >
> > On Tuesday 14 October 2003 15:03, Alex Malinovich wrote:
> > > On Mon, 2003-10-13 at 23:58, Tom wrote:
> >
> > Also keep in mind that especially asian people do not use UTF8 as
> > encoding but their local one (SJIS, Big5, GB2312, etc.). These ones are
> > not compatible with UTF8 and you will only see garbage even if you have
> > the right fonts installed.
> Huh???

> Sorry, but any mail client that doesn't cope with recoding (i.e. elm,
> pine) should be put into history's garbage pile. And mutt copes quite
> fine with it, as does konsole (KDE's terminal) (unlike xterm, which will
> happily display stuff using the configured latin1 font even when you're
> in KOI8-R...)

Ever tried to view a big5 text file in a UTF8 locale environment in a terminal window (may it be konsole or any other)?
YOu will only get garbage. Same for all other asian charsets.
You will need an application which does internal recoding into unicode, like all KDE3 apps do (but only the BMP part of unicode)..
Or you will have to set your locale to zh_TW.Big5 and then you can display the contents correctly in a terminal window.
If mutt can do internal recoding, then it's fine, as long as the mails clearly state in their mime headers, which encoding they use. Some mails don't do it. Seems it also depends on the mail client, but this time on the sender's one...

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