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Re: lynx-dev Display of SGML Greek Math entities -- solution

From: Jungshik Shin
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Display of SGML Greek Math entities -- solution
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2002 13:29:37 -0400 (EDT)

>> Heck, I don't know what text encoding I'd have
>> to change this Terminal window to to make sure the chars showed up the

> Well, this topic is not really specific to the lynx-dev mailing list,
> and
> only involves Lynx in relation to the display character set.  When you
> say "Terminal window," do you mean X on some Unix, Microsoft Windows or
> something else?  If X, why not UTF-8?

  Under X, UTF-8 is certainly the best way. Anyone can go to
Thomas's page and grab the newest xterm-16x (
If Unix one's using doesn't support UTF-8 locale, just run it with
'-u8' option with some free iso10646-1 X11 fonts.  display-charset of
Lynx can be set to utf-8 and it'll work perfectly for web pages encoded
in single byte legacy encodings as well as in UTF-8. For MS-Windows,
there are a couple of pretty good terminal emulators that support UTF-8
(putty is one of them) under which one can connect to a remote Unix host
(ssh and telnet if somebody still wants to use it). However, as I wrote in
my message Henry refered to, this does not yet work for CJK (multibyte)
legacy encodings because Lynx does not know how to convert between
Unicode/10646 and CJK encodings. That's why 'α' is rendered as
'a' when display charset is one of CJK encodings (i.e. the same way as
it's rendered under ISO-8859-x terminal where x is not 7) although CJK
legacy encodings CAN represent  'alpha' (albeit in double-width).

  I tried to hook up iconv(3) to chartrans module of Lynx, but
I wasn't able to figure out how. Could anyone help?

> If Windows98 or above, I believe
> Microsoft has a variety of "code pages" free for downloading.

  I haven't tried a Windows-port of Lynx. Does it run under MS-DOS(or
command prompt) box? If that's the case, under Windows 2k/XP (and perhaps
NT4), one can set the codepage to 65001 ( 'chcp 65001' ) to get a UTF-8
command prompt box.


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