[Etoys] UTF-8

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Thu Oct 11 12:25:38 EDT 2007

Since we are switching to UTF-8 throughout, too, do we need these  

- Bert -

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Andreas Raab <andreas.raab at gmx.de>
> Date: October 11, 2007 18:01:27  GMT+02:00
> To: The general-purpose Squeak developers list <squeak- 
> dev at lists.squeakfoundation.org>
> Subject: Re: Win32 VM 3.10.6 problem with special characters
> Reply-To: The general-purpose Squeak developers list <squeak- 
> dev at lists.squeakfoundation.org>
> Hi Jens -
> The problem you see comes from the VM now universally taking UTF-8  
> and your (3.9) image being unaware of this situation. You will have  
> to apply the changes available here:
> http://bugs.squeak.org/view.php?id=6523
> http://bugs.squeak.org/view.php?id=6525
> http://bugs.squeak.org/view.php?id=6526
> Cheers,
>  - Andreas
> Jens Moenig wrote:
>> dear squeakers,
>> I have run into two problems after switching from a 3.9.2 vm to  
>> the current
>> 3.10.6 in a deployed application using the current stable 3.9  
>> image. The
>> main reason for switching was the new splash feature, which does  
>> help a lot
>> on slower machines. However there seems to be an issue with special
>> characters (German Umlaute, sharp s's and paragraph characters).
>> The first problem is, files containing such characters (Umlaute)  
>> are shown
>> garbled in StandardFileMenu.
>> Interestingly these 'garbled' file(name)s load perfectly ok from
>> StandardFileMenu as well as using Smalltalk getSystemAttribute: 3, or
>> FileStream requestDropStream: n. But it just doesn't look nice in  
>> a deployed
>> application, and I don't really want to restrict users' creativity in
>> composing inventive fileNames ;-).
>> The second problem is, these special characters simply get lost in  
>> the
>> clipboard.
>> This is somewhat worse, because my application builds on user defined
>> strings as Dictionary keys. Whenever someone  pastes such a string  
>> from
>> another place in or outside the image using the clipboard it first  
>> has to be
>> manually corrected, otherwise things don't work out.
>> As I'm mostly just 'lurking' in here I'm not sure if this problem  
>> has been
>> reported before or - indeed - if it's a problem for others as well  
>> or just a
>> side effect of the unicode effort aparently going on. For the  
>> moment, I have
>> switched back to the 'vintage' 3.9.2 vm (which works just fine).  
>> But I
>> wouldn't want to be 'left bedind', so any help is appreciated.
>> Thanks
>> -Jens

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