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Re: Arabic support

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-11-29 16:18:19 CET

On Nov 28, 2004, at 10:32 PM, gar wrote:

> I'll post later today (Doha time) more detailed info on the response I
> got when I tried to use Arabic log messages. Now that I think of it
> I'm not sure if it was the server or client that had the problem.

I guarantee it was a client problem. It's the only thing doing
locale<->UTF8 conversion. :-)

> Ah, there's the rub. I've done light testing of 20+ free and
> commercial diff tools and have yet to find one that works reasonably
> well with Arabic. I'm not quite sure what you mean by 'only work
> on...UTF8'; to me this implies it should work for any Unicode string
> in utf8 packaging, so it should work for utf8-encoded Arabic. No?

Yes. If you encode your file contents in UTF8, then Subversion's
internal diff library ("svn diff") -- as well as any external diff
program -- will have no problem showing contextual, line-based diffs.
As you said, it's up to you to find a terminal (or whatever program you
want) that renders the UTF8 nicely.

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