Command-line editor that handles UTF-8

John J. Boyer john.boyer at
Wed Jul 4 00:34:47 UTC 2012

Hi Tim,

I tried vim with a file that I know contains UTF-8. It did not show it 
in a forma that I could read or type. My terminal is vt100. 

The wiki page contains what looiks like a programming snippet. Where is 
that to be used?


On Tue, Jul 03, 2012 at 06:10:42PM -0500, Tim Chase wrote:
> On 07/03/12 17:48, John J. Boyer wrote:
> > Neither nano nor vim will handle UTF-8. I need a command-line
> > editor that will.
> Most builds of Vim should support UTF-8 as long as the terminal in
> which you're using it does.  Check the output of ":version" to see
> if "+mutli_byte" is set.  If you have vim-tiny installed, it may not
> have been built with multi-byte, so you can install what's usually
> called "vim-full", "vim-nox", or just "vim".
> There's a good description regarding getting Unicode/UTF-8 working
> on the wiki at
> Hope this helps.  And if you're not a Vim user, I'm sorry that I
> can't be of much help. :-)
> -tim

John J. Boyer; President, Chief Software Developer
Abilitiessoft, Inc.
Madison, Wisconsin USA
Developing software for people with disabilities

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