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

From: Ralph Corderoy
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh architecture discussion: format engine character set
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:37:29 +0100

Hi Jon,

> I am in no way an expert on this.  But, I won't let that stop me.

That's the spirit!

> The reason why I think that Unicode is appropriate is that it has been
> designed to be a superset of all other character sets.  Being that the
> RFCs allow the mixing of character sets, Unicode allows them to be
> represented without having to encode "bank switching".  I realize that
> doing this requires a library that does all of the Unicode character
> handling properly, which is not a trivial task.

If you skim through the Table of Contents at the start of
http://www.gnu.org/software/libunistring/manual/libunistring.html you'll
see it handles a lot of the nitty-gritty for you.  (Other libraries
suggested probably do the same, I just happen to know this one.)

Cheers, Ralph.

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