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[vox-tech] vim and utf-8 support (newbie alert)
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[vox-tech] vim and utf-8 support (newbie alert)

dear all,

about an hour ago, i finally learned what ISO 10646, unicode, utf-2,
utf-4 and utf-8 are.  i never knew any of that stuff before today.

still don't know what a codepage is, but that can wait because i *think*
it's microsoft related.

when you use vim, i assume:

* that what you type is encoded with ascii or latin-1.
* the encoding is related to the characters you see on the xterm
   via the font the xterm is using.
* the "stuff inside the encoding" (what gets encoded) is related to the
   keys that you press with your fingers via a vim keymap.

and when you want to use a foreign language with vim, the best way to do
that is:

* start an xterm with a suitable font: "xterm -fn <fontname> -e vim"
* use utf-8 encoding which uses encodes unicode and ISO10646 text.
* load a suitable keymap to help make entering text easier.

is all this correct so far?  even in a "touchy-feely" way?   i'm a
complete newbie in this topic.

if this is about correct, how does one tell vim to encode the text using

and how do you tell vim "i want to use language X whose characters are
unicode number UT-Y through UT-Z?   or doesn't it work quite that way?


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