Since I live in a country where we use more letters than they do in the
big country west of us I have had the dubious pleasure to spend quite
a lot of time internationalizing applications. This page contains a list
of what I have done.
Note that these patches are provided AS IS. They are
not officially recognized by anyone. But they are all in use at our site
(or at least has been).
The c-library contains routines which are used to classify characters
isprint() et al) as well as routines for converting between
upper and lower case letters (
tolower()). That is the code is there but it must have some
data which describes the current character set. Compiled into the c-library
are the definitions for US-ASCII. If you want the library to know how to handle
other character sets you have to supply the needed definitions. These
definitions is what this package contains.
People are still hacking away at the locale code in libc som I am shooting
at a moving target. That is why there currently are two different set of
datafiles. There will probably be more in the future.
The following files are available:
It may be worth to note that
- Installation instructions
- This is a short file which explains how to install the other files.
- locdef5.0-5.1.tar.gz (1.2k)
- Locale definitions for libc versions 5.0 up to but not including 5.1.
- locdef5.1-.tar.gz (18k)
- Locale definitions for libc versions 5.1 and later.
locdef5.1-.tar.gz installs in different places so it is
safe to install both (i.e. they will NOT interfere with each other).
More information can be found at
X Version 11 relese 6 actually has support for internationalized clients,
and after fix-04 it even works :-). Unfortunately they didn't internationalize
all clients, most notably xterm. Below follows those three fixes I have
- On certain Sun keyboards there are "dead" keys (those with a small square
and a punctuation character above it). To support these you have to patch
the compose table. To apply this patch you should go to the top X11R6
directory and run "
patch < iso8859-1.patch".
- This is a very small patch which makes xclipboard accept composed keys.
To apply this patch you should go to the top X11R6 directory and run
patch < xclipboard.c.patch".
- The most important patch is this which internationalizes xterm. To
apply this go to the xterm source directory
.../XV11R6/xc/programs/xterm) and run
patch < xterm.i18n.patch". I have submitted this patch
to the XConsortium, and perhaps it will become official some day.
The Sun server in X11R5 supported just a couple of keyboards (Type2, Type3
and Type4 US). I added support for type 5 keyboards and all national
keyboard layouts that Sun ships. While I was hacking away in the server I
also added support for the Compose and NumLock keys. This support is not
pretty, and I hope it will die eventually as people upgrade to X11R6.
But if you have to use release 5 you can probably benefit from this patch.
The patch is
and it contains a README-file which explains the installation.
I have patched Tk3.6 to use the internationalization routines in XV11R6
This patch is not perfect but it is here:
tk36.i18n.patch. To apply just go to the Tk3.6 source directory and
patch < tk36.i18n.patch".
Fortunately Dr. Ousterhout has included this functionality in Tk4 (tk4.0b2
and later), so this patch shouldn't really be needed.
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