Re: unicode

Jan Vroonhof (
14 May 1998 11:23:13 +0200

"Theodore Y. Ts'o" <> writes:

> However, I don't want to enshrine the multiple charset approach.
> Unicode really should be the long-term solution, with UTF-8 being the
> encoding scheme used by the ext2 filesystem. So some sort of hack to
> indicate that a filename is using kroi8 is acceptable, but nothing else
> makes sense.

Isn't the biggest problem about charset labeling the fact that there
exist multiple encodings for the same character? As the kernel needs
to compare filenames for equality this then requires knowledge about
the charactersets used.


P.S. In MULE enabled Emacsen (for instance XEmacs 2x.x) the charset
labeling stuff is absolute horror. FYI XEmacs uses a combination of
inline and external charset labeling.

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