[Vm-dev] accents in unix using non-english languages

Andreas Raab andreas.raab at gmx.de
Fri Sep 28 18:25:05 UTC 2007

Bert Freudenberg wrote:
> I believe the VM side should actually be fine - what is lacking is a way 
> to ensure that VM and image agree on a common encoding. There were some 
> proposals in the last couple of years but none got adopted. So it's the 
> user who must ensure it works, and this indeed is undocumented.

What's wrong with universally adopting UTF-8? The Windows VM does that 
now and it seems far superior to having to deal with tons of different 

> Perhaps a simple step to clean up the mess is adding three new system 
> attributes to allow the image to know the current VM encoding for 
> keyboard, clipboard, and file names. Then fix the image to set 
> converters using these attributes, instead of second-guessing from the 
> platform string as it is done now.

Perhaps a simpler step is to assume everything is UTF-8 and give people 
a little CS which turns all these converters under all circumstances to 

   - Andreas

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