Subject: Re: isprint()
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Peter Seebach <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 08/23/1996 17:06:54
>On Tue, 20 Aug 1996, Peter Seebach wrote:
>> On the other hand, we might want locale support in the kernel, in case
>> we ever end up supporting EBCDIC.
>Is it me, or is this just plain silly? (1/2 :-)
It's mostly silly.
There are good reasons to start on this *now*, rather than later. Anyone
remember how hard it was, only a few short years ago, to find 8-bit clean
applications? Well, in a few years, we're going to be looking at a
similar problem in terms of Unicode support and all sorts of other things.
EBCDIC is a relatively *easy* way to start on the problem of teaching the
1. That there is more than one character set.
or (and this is harder)
2. That there is more than one character set in use at a given time.
I *want* to be able to have two terminals on one NetBSD system, one using
ISO 8859-1, and one using 8859-2. I want to start looking at the issues.
Maybe most of them (all of them?) won't be kernel issues. Cool. But just
in case, we should start thinking about it.
Plan 9 has demonstrated that it's possible to have a small system which
uses 16 bit values for characters. I think we should consider being ready
for this one.
Not that a lot of time should go into this at the expense of other things,
but it might not hurt to keep it in mind, and avoid closing any useful