Subject: 8 bit clean utilities (was: national language support)
To: Andreas Gustafsson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: J.T. Conklin <email@example.com>
Date: 10/24/1994 11:31:36
> The original poster also mentioned 8-bit cleanliness of user commands.
> That issue is mostly orthogonal to that of locales, and I personally
> think it would be the more useful one to spend some effort on.
> As a native Swedish speaker, I have to struggle daily with utilities
> like "more" which are not 8-bit clean (meaning that they are unable to
> deal with three of the letters in the alphabet), and sometimes even
> with programs that unconditionally reset my terminal to 7 bits / even
> parity (!).
Point well taken. Unfortunately, those of us who operate within a 7 bit
world are oftentimes completely unaware of utilities that are not 8 bit
clean. These problems must be reported if they are ever going to be