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Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh architecture discussion: format engine character s

From: Paul Fox
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh architecture discussion: format engine character set
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 08:26:12 -0400

ken wrote:
 > >That problem space lives well outside of nmh. The people to rightly fix
 > >it are the xterm authors, and people writing keyboard drivers. These
 > >conversion layers belong inside the terminal I/O drivers, where they
 > >can fix the problem for everything.
 > The people who at least have spoken up on this list in the past have not,
 > AFAIK, lacked the technical ability to run in an UTF-8 locale; there's
 > no work on xterm or terminal drivers that is necessary; that's all been
 > done a long time ago.  They have just chosen not to, e.g.:
 > http://lists.nongnu.org/archive/html/nmh-workers/2012-01/msg00206.html
 > http://lists.nongnu.org/archive/html/nmh-workers/2012-01/msg00203.html
 > As Earl Hood pointed out: Character encoding choices can get quite political.
 > I confess that I am surprised the "UTF-8 or die" crowd has been so unaminous
 > so far.  No one dissents from this view?  Like I said, it simplifies a WHOLE
 > bunch of code (at the cost of adding a new library dependency), so I would
 > actually be fine with it.

i don't think the current respondents represent a very wide demographic.


 paul fox, address@hidden (arlington, ma, where it's 63.3 degrees)

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