compiling apps for utf8

Kai Thomsen kai.thomsen at
Tue Nov 11 23:39:58 UTC 2003

On Tue, 11 Nov 2003 03:15:46 +0100, Christoph Wickert wrote:

> Is there a way to compile applications for utf8 support.
> E. g. I installed zenity (a dialog replacement for gnome2), but it
> wont show German special characters like Ä ä Ö ö Ü ü.
> "Datei wählen" (Select File) becomes
> "Datei whlen"

There /is/ actually a typo in zenity-1.6/po/de.po, line 432 ("Whlen Sie
eine Datei"), but if you refer to German umlauts or non-ASCII characters
in general, I'll have to say: "Works for me."  The LANG variable is set
to "de_DE.UTF-8".

> And even the fedora packages have errors: The Gimp dialog "Layers and
> Channels" is "Ebenen und Kanäle" in German, but the window title is
> "... Kanle"

Hmmm, I don't observe this problem here, either.  The "tip of the day"
window has no content when the GIMP runs in a UTF-8 locale, though.

> Is there a way to stop this? I don't want to switch back to iso8859-1
> or 8859-15, because this causes even more problems.

Which setting does LANG have on your machine before you start those
programs?  (What does `locale' output?)

BTW, Evolution failed to specify the character encoding (UTF-8) in your 
posting, so my quotes above will appear garbled.


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