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Re: [Lynx-dev] French accents

From: Thorsten Glaser
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] French accents
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 21:48:47 +0000 (UTC)

Kristopher Kycia dixit:

>> AFAICT, Lynx on Win32 uses cp437 as it’s a console programme.
> Tried it, it works.  Thanks.

Sure, no problem.

>> By the way, UTF-8 is the standard these days…
> Not for DOS.

Yes, I know. (In fact, I disassembled and patched a large part of
the DOS kernel… anyway, I was referring to standards in general.)

> problem...  Most of us read "diagonally".  I'll reduce my use of capital
> letters...

Yes, but your mails came over in a way (at least to me) that were
somewhat disturbing. No offence intended, this is merely feedback.
I read somewhat diagonally too but keep the whole thing in mind.

> soon as I enable the LOCALE_CHARSET:TRUE.  This might be because it does not
> support codepages on the DOS platform.

I think there is no such thing as locales on either DOS or Win32.
Heck, even OpenBSD anno 2010 doesn’t have them.

> However, I would be tempted in saying that the ISO-8895-1 (Latin I) character
> set is more complete.

No, just different. You may have luck convincing Lynx to use cp1252
(true superset of latin1) though, but it might miss line drawing
characters, which are required, then. This is probably an issue of
the curses library used though, not of Lynx.

An alternative is to install
(Interix, SFU/SUA) and run Lynx inside an xterm (or even uxterm),
for which you’ll need something like Starnet X-Win32 though.

//mirabilos, from a hotel in Issy-les-Moulineaux
Sometimes they [people] care too much: pretty printers [and syntax highligh-
ting, d.A.] mechanically produce pretty output that accentuates irrelevant
detail in the program, which is as sensible as putting all the prepositions
in English text in bold font.   -- Rob Pike in "Notes on Programming in C"

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