Re: utf8 in name= and comment= items of .desktop files
- From: Karl Eichwalder <keichwa gmx net>
- To: gnome-i18n gnome org
- Cc: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs eazel com>
- Subject: Re: utf8 in name= and comment= items of .desktop files
- Date: 21 Feb 2001 06:26:39 +0100
Vlad Harchev <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
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> People say that it's decided to use utf8 for name= and comment= items
> in .desktop files in Gnome2. I think support for *reading* these
> properties in .desktop files would be handy to have in gnome-1.4,
> using the following alrogithm:
> get the string, try to treat it as it was in utf8, if conversion
> fails, treat the string as it's in native encoding of the locale.
> When saving .desktop files, still save them in system charset
> (various menu generators and other software still assumes that gnome
> uses native encoding for these items.
> This apporach will allow to support existing gnome .desktop files,
> new (utf8-containing) .desktop files, and KDE .desktop files. This is
> rather cruicial functionality for people using non-latin1 encodings
> since KDE menus are unreadable in foot menu if locale's encoding is
> not utf8.
> I can make a patch to implement all this if it will be included in
> gnome-1.4 (provided that patch won't have technical flaws).
You'll have to talk to Maciej. "It's never too late." ;)
> What do you think about this?
Since the current state of the art is more or less broken I'd appreciate
a fix. Maybe for 1.4.1?
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