Re: [wmii] accented chars in title- and statusbars

From: Anselm R. Garbe <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 09:48:42 +0200

On Mon, May 22, 2006 at 08:16:19AM +0800, phyrster wrote:
> On 23:56 Sun 21 May 2006, Konstantin wrote:
> > I've finally got wmii-3 working with utf8 locale after replacing /usr/lib/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8/XLC_LOCALE
> > with commenting out:
> > if(!loc || !strncmp(loc, "C", 2) || !strncmp(loc, "POSIX", 6) ||
> > !XSupportsLocale())
> > in liblitz/font.c and recompiling wmii. Using gentoo, xorg-7 and
> > -*-terminus-*-*-*-*-13-*-*-*-*-*-iso10646-1 font.
> I have similar problem under for Chinese display. I specified a unifont in
> wmiirc with no avail. I will try this hack later when I got more time.
> btw, I am not saying fluxbox is better but in flux after I specify a font
> with Chinese support, the title bar shows correctly.
> Does wmii use xft fonts?

Xft is known to work better in conjunction with UTF8, because it
uses iconv internally. But wmii does not support Xft, because
Xft is a bloaty mess (depends on freetype (yuck!), gettext,
Xrender, fontconfig, expat (yuck!), zlib...).
Also, to me the artwiz fonts look much better than any Xft font
I have seen so far. And the AA capabilities of Xft are a joke in
my eyes.

(The main problem is, that the X Window System sucks. They
didn't switched to UTF8 internally (which would have been wise,
and which won't have breaked anything, because UTF8 is
7bit-ASCII compliant), but they added an UTF8 hack as extension


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