Subject: Re: Unicode Filenames
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From: Greg A. Woods <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10/29/2001 14:34:38
[ On Monday, October 29, 2001 at 11:49:41 (-0500), gabriel rosenkoetter wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Unicode Filenames
> On Sun, Oct 28, 2001 at 10:12:13PM -0500, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
> > Plan 9 certainly. I don't know about others.
> Our situation is a little different that P9's though, isn't it? That
> is, we'd have to support unicode in both wscons and X. (Does XF86 4
> do unicode? Has there been any effort to make it?)
At the basic filesystem and kernel level Unix has always supported the
UTF-8 encoding of Unicode filenames (since long before Unicode was ever
dreampt of, in fact! :-), though with limited utility until the maximum
filename length was increased to a more reasonable 255 bytes.
UTF-8 was of course invented for Plan 9 and is a file format safe
multi-byte encoding of Unicode characters.
X11, through some of its applications (eg. Mozilla), already supports
Unicode too, in various encodings including UTF-8.
Greg A. Woods
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