Cf. Debian bug http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=443181
Please let me know if this has been fixed in later version.
%a and %A fields in the status bar (-lmsf, -rmsg) show only the first byte
of any multibyte character (UTF-8, legacy Chinese/etc charsets, ...). This
is useless, as there is no way to see the rest -- and you're not really
supposed to be able to edit part of a character anyway.
Thus, please show the decoded value instead, eg "2592" for "▒" instead of
"E2" (the first byte of "E2 96 92"). As it's possible for the number to go
up to 0x10FFFF, I would display BMP ones as U+1234, eating into "U+" in the
rare upper planes.