how can i use ISO-8859-1??

Gary Kline kline at
Tue Sep 9 22:16:14 UTC 2008

On Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 12:14:47PM -0500, Lars Eighner wrote:
> On Tue, 9 Sep 2008, Roland Smith wrote:
> >On Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 09:35:07PM -0700, Gary Kline wrote:
> >>	Guys,
> >>
> >>	This is one of the I've-been-meaning-to-ask questions;
> >>	but other things keep happening that took precedence.  Now
> >>	it's time to ask what are the voodoo commands to set up in my
> >>	~/.zshrc or other initiation files (probably including my muttrc)
> >>	that will let me print to stdout, characters like the "e-aigu"
> >>	or "u-umlaut" and the currency pound or Euro?
> The euro is not in iso-8859-1, but iso-8859-15.  You need to
> load the appropriate fonts (at boot if you are root, see /etc/rc.conf)

	Yeah, I fergot. 

> or use vidcontrol to load the iso fonts when you log in.  You
> need to set your TERM environmental variable to the appropriate
> value in your shell rc.  That might be cons25l1.  You can check out termcap
> from a link in /etc.
> >
> >Why settle for ISO-8859-1? Switch to UTF-8 instead, wich can display a
> >much larger number of characters, and is becoming the standard.
> Because it is a hiddeous waste for most readers and writers of
> English and other European languages.

	I got into several fistfights when I was doing error-translation
	for BSD at work, and refused to use utf-8 because it didn't
	support enough of the Chinese glyphs.  But enough, I suppose;
	unless you want to create some severely obscure word.  I also
	argured that utf-8 was a waste of a whole byte per char for most
	of us.  

> >
> >I added the following to the 'setenv' section of the 'default' profile
> >in login.conf:
> >
> >  LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8
> >
> >AFAICT, the console doesn't have UTF-8 fonts (yet?).
> It won't until video cards support this level of bloat.  I don't know of a
> single video card that does that.
> >But that doesn't
> >bother me because I always use X anyway.
> Wouldn't you really be happier with Windoz?

	Errp.  I'm gonna lose my lunch!


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