[OT] Re: Minor issue in chapter 7 <Not critical>

Dan Nicholson dbn.lists at gmail.com
Sat Jun 10 07:43:45 PDT 2006


On 6/9/06, Alexander E. Patrakov <patrakov at ums.usu.ru> wrote:
>
> If you use an UTF-8 based locale, you will be limited in the choice of
> _applications_: you can't use "watch", "tr [:upper:] [:lower:]", "a2ps",
> "enscript", XFCE printing module for text files, "links", "mc", "zsh", and,
> until recent BLFS changes, "mkisofs" and "pine", if you care about non-ASCII
> characters. If you depend on at least one broken-in-UTF-8 application (and I am
> sure you do, because there are so many of them), UTF-8 is not better than 7-bit
> ASCII. So, in this case, UTF-8 is more limiting in the choice of characters,
> because some apps can't use it. That's why even now 50% of Russians undo
> RedHat's UTFization of Fedora.

Ah.  I didn't understand that part.  Obviously, I rarely see broken
behavior since all characters I regularly use are ASCII.  Still
learning...

--
Dan



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