[PD-dev] pool files: UTF-8 encoding
moocow at ling.uni-potsdam.de
Thu Nov 30 11:14:09 CET 2006
morning Thomas, Hans-Christoph, and list,
On 2006-11-30 03:20:56, Hans-Christoph Steiner <hans at eds.org> appears to
> locales is the library and tool that handles that stuff, IIRC. You'll
> want to look into the env vars LANG, LC_ALL, etc. I think that's
> supposed to be system-wide, but with all those grabbag distros based on
> the Linux kernel, you never know who implemented what and how in their bit.
afaik, locale.h doesn't handle any character set translation; it just
ensures that isalpha() & co. work sensibly. there's also no guarantee
that the current input and/or display modes will conform to the value of
$LANG, but i agree that $LANG is probably the safest information source
for the user's preferred encoding.
> On Nov 29, 2006, at 4:37 PM, Thomas Grill wrote:
>> Is there an API function to query this encoding
i don't know which function(s) to use, but you might also look at the
"registry" and "encoding" fields of the currently selected X font.
>> is there a system function to convert from/to UTF-8?
i don't think there's anything like a universally applicable system
function guaranteed to work everywhere, but i use librecode for
character set translation on linux. i've also heard good reports about
iconv, but have never used it directly myself.
Bryan Jurish "There is *always* one more bug."
jurish at ling.uni-potsdam.de -Lubarsky's Law of Cybernetic Entomology
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