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Convert all message files to UTF-8 [message #158066] Mon, 26 January 2009 02:07 Go to next message
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Convert all message files to UTF-8?[ 5 votes ]
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Would there be any objections if we standardize and convert all message files to UTF-8 encoding?

Many large multi-language projects like Wikipedia only uses UTF-8. If we convert everything to UTF-8, we can utilize the same translation techniques and platform (betawiki) as Wikipedia. This will be a huge advantage and make it much easier to localize this software.

The conversion should be as simple as:
$ iconv -f `cat charset` -t utf8 msg >msg.utf 
$ diff msg msg.utf 
$ mv msg.utf msg 
$ echo 'UTF-8' > charset


Note that UTF-8 is a superset of ASCII. Since plain ASCII is also valid UTF-8, no conversion needs to be done for English nor any other existing ASCII text.

Best regards.

Frank
Re: Convert all message files to UTF-8 [message #158770 is a reply to message #158066] Thu, 19 March 2009 06:55 Go to previous message
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Please note that all translations in FUDforum 2.8.0 and above is UTF-8 encoded. As a result, the following translations are no longer supported:

* russian-utf8 (russian is now UTF-8 encoded)
* russian-1251 (please convert to russian)
* chinese_big5 (please convert to chinese)

Best regards.

Frank
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