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Re: [Kind of OT] Why's this look like gibberish to me?

On Tue, May 06, 2008 at 07:52:22PM -0500, Kevin Buhr wrote:
> Chris Bannister <mockingbird@earthlight.co.nz> writes:
> >
> > Interesting, I have:
> > 	LANG=en_NZ.UTF-8
> > and in /etc/console-tools/config
> > 	SCREEN_FONT=lat0-sun16
> > With that setup, Dotan Cohen's line looks like solid black squares
> > separated by dashes.
> You mean this is happening on the Linux console, right?
> Your LANG setting is fine, but the "lat0-sun16" console font doesn't
> contain any Hebrew characters, so that's why you're getting solid
> black squares (indicating "no character available") separated by
> dashes.  You can load a Hebrew font on the current console:
>         consolechars -f iso08.f16.psf.gz
> and Dotan's list should show up fine, but then accented latin
> characters won't be available.
> I think without special support, the Linux console handles only 256
> characters at once (or 512 if you're willing to give up bold text).
> You can use the "dynafont" package, which uses dynamic font loading
> tricks to allow displaying text that requires more code space than
> that.  It comes with a font that includes about 7900 glyphs and does
> pretty well if you don't care about Asian language support.

Or use the ugly hack called LatArCyrHeb, to have characters of Latin,
Arabic, Cyrrilic and Hebrew. But sadly, without line-drawing characters.

Or use "iso08" like the ancient ones :-(
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