> Could an Iyonix owner tell me if RISC OS 5 can properly display
> UTF-8 encoded messages in windows and menus?
The RO5 Wimp speaks Unicode. If you set your system alphabet to
then it will display such strings correctly. The downside, however, is
that most applications have no knowledge of UTF-8, so their menu text
will likely come out garbled (invariably, it's the shift arrow which
My understanding is that for the embedded RO boxes shipped in Japan,
system alphabet was set to UTF8 by default. I suspect it's likely that
you will need to softload ROOL International and InternationalKeyboard
modules to be able to set the system alphabet to UTF8. I suspect that
it's unwise to attempt to softload the ROOL Wimp on a ROL OS, however.
So if I were to translate the necessary files, someone could at least give me a screenshot
of it running on RO5? That would be satisfying! I'll have to try to get R05 running
under emulation on Windows at least, so I can see my translation in action!
It's a shame that setting the system alphabet to UTF8 will break a lot of
applications' menus (and slightly ironic, seeing as UTF8 was designed to slot into
non-Unicode aware systems without causing problems). Perhaps there could be a hack written
that tries to assess whether a Messages file is UTF8-encoded or Latin-1-encoded, and
transcode the strings accordingly on the fly... Still, that's a discussion for another
mailing list, I suppose.
Any pointers as to where to start with the translation files? I think there used to be
some information about this on the Netsurf website, but I can't find it now.