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Re: Encoding problems in subversion under Mac OS X (HFS+)

From: Balázs Szabó <dlux_at_dlux.hu>
Date: 2005-12-07 08:48:47 CET


On 2005.12.07., at 3:19, Stuart Celarier wrote:

> Consider this. U+0391 (&#913;) is a capital Greek alpha, which in
> virtually every font is visually indistinguishable from &#65; the
> English letter A. Here's a simple HTML document, save it, load it in a
> browser, and see for yourself:
> <HTML><BODY>&#65;&#913;</BODY></HTML>
> These are distinct code points, hence different characters, even if
> similar or identical glyphs are used. I don't get how this becomes a
> Windows (or any other operating system-specific) problem. If the
> letter
> 'O' and numeral '0' are visually indistinct on my computer, in
> whatever
> font I happen to use, should the file system prevent me from using one
> of these characters? I don't think so.

I don't think we are talking about the same problem. We are not
talking about the same (or similar) glyphs, we are talking about the
same characters: one character with the same encoding. UTF-8 allows
the same character to be encoded with different code! These charactes
have to have the same meaning (that's why OSX converts them to a
canonical form). The mentioned characters does not have the same
meaning (greek alpha vs. A and 0 vs O).

What I suggest is having a config option to at least allow OSX users
to use SVN with its full glory (I mean accented filenames). this
requires some kind of stringprep.


Balázs Szabó (dLux)
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