Subject: Editing Japanese UTF-8 Files
To: None <>
From: Curt Sampson <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 09/12/2002 17:11:09
It appears I'm going to have to edit Japanese text in Unicode UTF-8
format soon. I'm wondering if anybody has any advice on the best way to
deal with this.

For dealing with Shift_JIS, EUC-JP and ISO-2022-JP text, I currently
use kterm and nvi-m17n. Nvi-m17n deals with turning any of the three
into any of the other for my display, so I can edit EUC-JP in a kterm
displaying ISO-2022-JP, for example. I really like nvi (significantly
better than vim, for example), so I'd like to stick with it or a variant
of it, if possible.

So I guess my questions are:

    1. Do I want to continue to use kterm? Or is there something else,
    perhaps displaying UTF-8, that I should switch to? Ideally I'd
    not lose the ability to display Shift-JIS, EUC-JP and ISO-2022-JP
    text, since it's handy to be able to use, e.g., cat(1) on these
    sorts of files.

    2. Is there an nvi-variant that will let me use UTF-8, and
    supports a Japanese input method? (I'm currently using nvi-m17n's
    native input method and Canna.) I would find kinput2 a bit clunky
    (becuase it doesn't automatically switch out when going into edit
    mode), but could switch to that if necessary, I guess. Also, if
    there's no good UTF-8 alternative to kterm, the editor would need
    to convert UTF-8 to EUC-JP or whatever.

Thoughts, anyone?

Curt Sampson  <>   +81 90 7737 2974
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