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Topic: UTF-8 with Linux logins
The Master

From: Green Bay, WI USA
Posts: 47
Member Since: 02/07/01
posted November 10, 2005 9:50 AM

We are currently working on a project to migrate from an old SCO unix system to Linux and our Dart-based terminal emulator is having some problems with the new environment.

By default, Linux uses en_US.utf-8 as their language. This causes weird characters to be echoed to the screen when using the DART controls on Linux. Example: Finger displays the userâ€s login name, real name, terminal name. The †is a utf-8 representation of a single quote.

Does the emulation control support utf-8, or do I need to do something at the Linux level to make this work?
Tony Priest



From: Utica, NY USA
Posts: 8466
Member Since: 04/11/00
posted November 11, 2005 9:48 AM

I checked the source code and I don't see anything about UTF8 in the VT library. Let me do a little more investigation and get back to you.
Mike Baldwin (Admin)



From: Rome, NY USA
Posts: 114
Member Since: 04/11/00

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posted November 14, 2005 12:31 PM

Thank you for writing.

Dart's emulation products support ASCII and the DEC Multinational Character sets, but Unicode decoding support is not present. We do offer consulting services, however; please contact Dave in our sales department if this is of interest.
The Master

From: Green Bay, WI USA
Posts: 47
Member Since: 02/07/01
posted November 14, 2005 12:34 PM

Out of morbid curiosity:

Has this product become nothing more than a source of "consulting services" revenue for Dart? There hasn't been an update for it in over a year. I'm guessing you have put OCX objects in a hold/EOD status. Am I correct?

As it is, I just had our system admin change the LANG variable to en_US, which fixes the problem.
Mike Baldwin (Admin)



From: Rome, NY USA
Posts: 114
Member Since: 04/11/00

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posted November 14, 2005 1:39 PM

You'll probably be pleased to know that the ActiveX platform is still viable and we support many customers using it.

I hope you are also glad to learn that our PowerTCP Emulation Tool is very stable, which explains the 2004 release date.

Concerning consulting services, Dart recognizes that what we've "productized" may be close to our customer's needs, but might not be everything they need. So we allow our customers to leverage our core competencies for their benefit.

Glad to hear you fixed your issue...thanks for sharing. This forum is an important source of free support for our customers.
The Master

From: Green Bay, WI USA
Posts: 47
Member Since: 02/07/01
posted November 14, 2005 1:42 PM

At least it's good to know it's still considered a "live" product. We've made excellent use of it in our internal applications, and I'd have to see it go EOL like so many other activex products seem to have.

I just get concerned when I see yet another OCX control maker stop making updates except for .net controls.
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