Re: utf8 patch for mc, slang 2 version

On Wed, 14 Jun 2006, Egmont Koblinger wrote:

On Tue, Jun 13, 2006 at 07:14:41PM +0200, Tomasz K?oczko wrote:

BTW: anyone is working on UFT-8 support for ncurses(w) backend ?

I don't think so, and I don't think it is worth it. Maintaining two backends
IMHO just causes headaches while it doesn't make mc better. I still can't
see why developers do not decide which one to use and drop the other one.

Maybe compatibility with older UN*Xes with curses but no slang?

With Unicode support maintaining the two will be much harder since AFAIK
slang works with UTF-8 while ncurses uses UCS-4. Hence a completely
different patch would be required for the two cases.

Last time I played with it ncursesw (but not plain ncurses) handled UTF-8 just fine.

e.g. you can pass a UTF-8 encoded string to addstr(), and provided the
locale is set correctly, ncursesw will compute its width correctly. It is *also* possible to use addwstr() with UCS-4, but not compulsory.


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