[Alpine-info] Foreign Characters?
Dan Mahoney, System Admin
danm at prime.gushi.org
Mon Jan 12 21:24:43 PST 2009
On Mon, 12 Jan 2009, Benjamin R. Haskell wrote:
> On Mon, 12 Jan 2009, Dan Mahoney, System Admin wrote:
>>>> c) screen/termcap
>> I found that I had to do ctrl-a :utf8 on in the window running alpine.
>> Screen was still blocking it until I did this. I now find that the last
>> character of your last name looks (to me) like a regular z, with "rabbit
>> ears" (I don't know the character name). Is that right?
> Yes, Andraž's name ends with a z with a caron (ž):
> ž 017e LATIN SMALL LETTER Z WITH CARON
> (I've heard it more often called a háček (hacek)
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacek )
>> Could someone with another name/text (preferably asian) send something to
>> me to check this with as well?
> I've wanted for a very long time to be able to display more than just
> Eurocentric "foreign" characters inside a terminal that I could also use for
> my normal work (in English). My guess is that your sticking point is going
> to be the font. Something like Firefox will handle many scripts, because it
> will fall back to a different font depending on the character range. As far
> as I know (which, several years ago, was pretty far, but I haven't been
> studying any languages lately), there aren't any terminals that handle that
> gracefully. Mlterm was the only one I found that handled variable-width,
> right-to-left scripts (Arabic) in any decent manner, and was pretty good for
> both Chinese and Japanese. Konsole may have come close, in terms of the
> font-mixing I'm looking for. (But, it didn't work at all for Arabic.)
Gnome-terminal under ubuntu appears to work very very well...
Screenshot linked from here.
I ask you to look because I'm not sure if the characters are "right" (I
know only that they're not "????????" or high-ascii anymore.
> If you can find a font and/or terminal and/or terminal setup that handles
> many scripts at once, I'd be very interested in hearing about it. Right now,
> in uxterm with Lucida Sans Unicode, I get nice Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic.
> But, no CJK characters.
Let me know how this works.
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