[chirp_users] European characters in Windows user name

Tom Hayward
Sun Jul 24 15:11:31 PDT 2016

On Sun, Jul 24, 2016 at 3:05 PM, Shon Edwards <sre.1966 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hadn't thought of that; that's a wonderful idea.  We live in a worldwide
> Unicode world now.  Some of my radios can be programmed in Japanese, others
> in European languages.  MS started to enable Windows and apps for Unicode
> over 15 years ago.  No reason to not go along now.  Thx.

The thing is, Chirp is all unicode and always has been. The trouble is
when interfacing with external things. The example fix was for
RepeaterBook, where they are sending ISO-8859-1 encoded strings. We
convert those to unicode for use in Chirp. Likewise, if a radio is
storing a Japanese or European character in an encoding other than
unicode, we need to convert it to unicode when read by Chirp. My hunch
is that the problem with Windows is the same--the encoding of the home
folder path is not unicode, so we must convert it. However, being a
Linux dev I'm not familiar with what encoding Windows uses or what
conversion is needed.


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