Full Unicode Support for FreeBSD

Dominic Fandrey kamikaze at bsdforen.de
Fri Mar 12 19:49:19 UTC 2010

On 12/03/2010 19:23, 葉佳威 Jiawei Ye wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 13, 2010 at 1:43 AM, Elmar Stellnberger <elmstel at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Isn`t it time for FreeBSD to fully support Unicode/UTF-8 by now?
>> It is considered to be standard charset by now. XML uses it by default.
>> If you are working with texts in different languages there is no
>> alternative to UTF-8.
>> If you chat with a Linux machine you can easily run into charset
>> troubles if you are
>> still using the old iso-8859-1.
>> By now it is no problem to activate UTF-8 for your console.
>> However a comprehensive Unicode support would require much more:
>> i.e. configuring all user packages like KDE for Unicode support and
>> asserting that also file names (f.i. from ext2 partitions) are interpreted
>> correctly.
> Do you have a concrete example of how FreeBSD fails to support UTF-8?
> I have been setting my LANG to zh_TW.UTF-8 for years without problem
> with modern software. As this is the ports list, I guess you have some
> issues with the software in the ports collection?

I second this. I've been using en_GB.UTF-8 since 5.3. Even the file
system can deal with UTF-8 encoded file names. I tried to create
files with Arabian, Chinese, Russian and other characters.
It all worked.

A: Because it fouls the order in which people normally read text.
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