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RE: Arabic support

From: Reynolds-Gregg <Reynolds-Gregg_at_norc.org>
Date: 2004-11-29 17:10:28 CET

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ben Collins-Sussman [mailto:sussman@collab.net]
> Sent: Monday, November 29, 2004 6:18 PM
> To: gar
> Cc: dev@subversion.tigris.org; Reynolds-Gregg
> Subject: Re: Arabic support
> 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. :-)

Bingo. The Mac OS X cli client seems to have a problem. tortoiseSVN on
windows worked fine. :( Sorry about that; should have tested more

> > 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.

Discovered today that Trac/Wiki generates html representations of the
diffs that almost even work. HTML, the universal GUI.

Thanks for your help,


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