Subject: Volunteers needed to test wide character support in curses
To: Technical level user list <>
From: Ruibiao Qiu <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 08/17/2005 10:17:18
Hi all

I have just finished the code to support wide characters in the NetBSD curses 
libraries.  It was started with the source code base from the NetBSD current 
checked out on June 28, 2005.  I have tested with Chinese locales 
(zh_CN.GB18030 and zh_TW.Big5), and I could do some simple tests with Japanese 
locale too.  I would highly appreciate it if some volunteers could test it on 
other wide character locales, such as Japanese and Korean.

To test the new code, first make a copy of your current source under 
lib/libcurses in the source tree.  Download the new sources from the 
CVS repository.  For more details, please refer to instructions at the 
bottom of the project page

When you have downloaded the new source code, you can build two libraries: one 
with wide character support (compiled with -DHAVE_WCHAR) and one without.  You 
can use the newly built libraries with some curses applications on a terminal 
that supports your wide character locale.  There are also two test programs I 
have been using under EXAMPLES directory: ex1.c and view.c.  The first one is 
a simple unit tester (I could make it more organized if time permits), and the 
second one is a simple file view modified from the ncurses test suit.

If you have any questions, please email me.