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Re: [RFC/PATCH] commit messages not 8-bit compatible

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_lyra.org>
Date: 2002-05-31 19:48:17 CEST

On Fri, May 31, 2002 at 09:19:56AM -0500, Karl Fogel wrote:
> Greg Stein <gstein@lyra.org> writes:
> > But you *have* to solve that problem. The log message is useless if the
> > clients cannot know its charset.
> CVS has been getting along just fine for years without knowing the
> charset of its log message. I'd hardly call that "useless". I think
> you're exaggerating just a tad here :-).

And does CVS have libraries that other apps use? No. Thus, an app can never
really bind very tightly with CVS in the first place, and things such as
charset will just never come into play.

But if you're writing a GUI client, then charset becomes *very* important.

Consider the "Pango" library, used by GNOME for all of its i18n text
rendering. Its input strings are UTF-8 (http://www.pango.org/design.shtml).
If your Pango-based GUI client doesn't know the charset of the log message,
then it can't do anything useful with it.


Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/
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