Improved console UTF-8 support for the Linux kernel?
From: Simos Xenitellis
Date: Sat Dec 11 2004 - 12:08:58 EST
The current UTF-8 keyboard input (for the console) of the Linux kernel
does not support "composing" or writing characters with accents. This
affects quite a few languages that require accents (French, German,
Danish, Swedish?, Greek, cyrillic-based?, others?.).
In general, UTF-8 console support is good to display text in different character sets,
enabling to configure a distribution to use UTF-8 locales for both
console/Xorg. However, while it was possible to write in German, Spanish, French, etc,
now it is not possible anymore.
While looking into the problem, I noticed that there is work to make
Linux console handle Unicode better.
Two links are of interest
A. Improved UTF-8 support for the Linux kernel, by Chris Heath
B. Notes on the Linux console, by Innocenti Maresin
Discussion on these issues take place at the linux-utf8 mailing list, archived at
Chris Heath has a set of incremental patches
(http://chris.heathens.co.nz/linux/utf8.html) to enhance Unicode for the
I noticed that he contacted this list in May 2003
unfortunatelly the discussion was diverted to coding styles.
Is there an interest for re-submission of mentioned patches for
inclusion in the kernel (yeah, provided coding style is "normalised")?
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