SourceForge has been redesigned. Learn more.

#455 Can't use with non-Roman alphabets

interface (140)

Like most Linux instant messengers, Gabber does not
support the use of non-roman alphabets through, say,
the use of the KDE Keyboard Tool. The primary reason
is the GTK version.

I would like to encourage you to create a GTK 2 branch
soon, for this one capability if nothing else.
Speaking from personal experience, it is quite amazing
to watch an old GTK app suddenly produce Cyrillic
letters on re-compiling in GTK 2 (some work in itself,
but no work beyond that).


  • Julian Missig

    Julian Missig - 2003-06-12

    Logged In: YES

    Gabber does very well support the use of non-roman
    alphabets, but only if your character set is set up for
    those alphabets well enough to make GAL happy.

    If it were as simple as, say, a recompile, to get Gabber 1
    to use GTK 2, we would've done it a long time ago. Feel free
    to try so yourself.

  • Julian Missig

    Julian Missig - 2003-06-12
    • assigned_to: nobody --> julian
    • status: open --> closed-wont-fix
  • Stevan White

    Stevan White - 2003-06-13

    Logged In: YES

    Please explain how to change my character set so I can use
    Gabber to send messages in Russian, English and Chinese. It
    certainly does not work with the KDE Keyboard Tool.

    I have re-built some older gtk projects with GTK 2, and
    witnessed the effect I mentioned. Of course, it is usually
    non-trivial to port to GTK 2. And furthermore, sometimes
    bad assumptions about the data being 8-bit or even ASCII is
    made internally. But these are usually minor bugs.

    The result is that one can immediatley type in the scripts
    of most languages into the widgets.

    But, Julian, something tells me you don't listen to other
    people. So...have a nice life! (That's an open bug on my
    wishlist for the Julian project!)

  • Julian Missig

    Julian Missig - 2003-06-13

    Logged In: YES

    For switching charsets... you need to deal with GAL. I don't
    know everything it wants you to do to switch charsets.
    Gabber and Jabberoo are quite good about not making
    assumptions about the text. Quite a few people have used
    Gabber with Japanese and other languages requiring
    multi-byte fonts without problem.. they just need to get
    their systems set to a charset and fontset such that GAL
    recognizes it properly. That's the best we could do in Gtk 1.

    As for "re-compiling in GTK 2", it's much more than
    non-trivial in Gabber's case. Don't take my word for it, try it.

    Oh, and before making such harsh assumptions and accusations
    about people, perhaps you should do a tiny bit of research

    I'm pretty sick of people judging me just because of one
    comment I make. I have little tolerance for that. It's not
    like I'm being paid for any of this, I can do without people
    making assumptions like that.


Log in to post a comment.