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Re: lynx-dev address@hidden: Re: new version of FR.PO]

From: Doug Kaufman
Subject: Re: lynx-dev address@hidden: Re: new version of FR.PO]
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 08:13:50 -0800 (PST)

On Fri, 17 Jan 2003, Karl Eichwalder wrote:

> > Note that my first version of FR.PO works very well, but some bugs occured
> > with translations. Some of them were not logical, and I've discovered this
> > when using Lynx. Note that this version fixes a problem with accent
> > characters. In fact, MS-DOS platforms only support standard MS-DOS accent
> > characters. ISO-8859-1 characters (and others WINDOWS characters) are bad
> > displayed, causing troubles on speech synthesizors. Perhaps, ISO-8859-1
> > accent characters can be supported very well on VMS or UNIX. If so, drop me
> > a note, and I'll create a special FR.PO with charset ISO-8859-1 and WINDOWS
> > accent characters.
> If possible, please do it the other way around:
>     . fr.po should be with accents (iso-8859-1, iso-8859-15, or UTF-8)
>     . For DOS you can provide address@hidden or address@hidden without
>     accents.

I am not sure to which problems Bernard is referring. If he is having
problems with MSDOS, this may be a problem with his setup rather
than with the program. The DJGPP port, at least, when compiled with
libintl and libiconv support shows the characters correctly and can
show all ISO 8859-1 characters. Plain DOS can change the character
set ("codepage") and can show ISO 8859-2 characters also when set up
properly. Latin1 can be done through CP850 or ISO 8859-1. The CP850
is easier to set up, since DOS comes with all the files and doesn't
require installation of any third-party files.

As far as I am concerned, the PO files for Western European languages
should be written in ISO 8859-1. The lynx program should take care of
all the conversions. Setting the font on the computer properly is the
responsibility of the user. No special .po file for DOS should be

I have made compiled .mo files for the DJGPP port available on my
website. If this new file is accepted, I will make its .mo file
available also. I doubt that this will be compatible with other
compilers, however.

If anyone is having trouble getting a DOS machine set up to view
lynx messages in different languages, please email me off the list
and I will try to help. See the file INTERNTL.TXT in the DOS lynx
distribution on my web site for basic instructions.
Doug Kaufman
Internet: address@hidden

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