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Re: [SLE] Why UTF-8 instead of ISO coding in 9.1?
  • From: Philipp Thomas <philipp.thomas@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 13 May 2004 01:21:35 +0200
  • Message-id: <nlb5a0pm48mu1ue7i9268i1dgnqncfgh0p@xxxxxxx>
Fabian Niestroj <olfab@xxxxxx> [Tue, 11 May 2004 21:33:14 +0200]:

>Since SuSE 9.1 UTF-8 coding is used by default instead of ISO coding.
>But why?

Because unicode (utf-8 is just one of several ways to encode unicode)
allows to encode all languages, so for instance file names in Japanese,
German and Tzech can be displayed correctly (given suitable fonts) at
the same time, which is impossible with the ISO encodings that cover
only a small part of the languages.

No need anymore for switching character encodings depending on the
language you want to use.

Philipp


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