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Old 07-03-2007, 06:35 AM   #1
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Keyboard Map + Language Support -- Need Guidence

I need help from someone who have some experience in playing with Language support in Linux. What I need is just give me some refrences to gain appropriate knowledge for my statisfaction.

1) How language support vary between distributions? If one distro put support for language ABC then will/can all other distro use that source instead of reinventing the wheel.

2) How to get expert of managing keyboard maps in a distro? Where to find help to manage existing maps and creat a one if we need it.

3) Where to get guidence to how to start/where to start work of localization software in Linux.

4) How to easily use anyother language (if supported by the distro itself) and make Keyboard maps for easily typing it in my Distro.

5) How fonts are handeled in Linux? What their files looks like? How to configure existing Or install new fonts in Linux? Where to get guidence about creating new fonts for Linux?

I will be more then happy to listen anything u have in ur mind abt my issue.
Old 07-03-2007, 07:13 AM   #2
Simon Bridge
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... your number one stop.

Languages are handled by "locale" ... google "linux locale".
Keymaps are utf8 (Like ansi only much bigger)
Fonts can be in a variety of types. eg. MS TTF fonts are supported. Also postscript and bitmap. So these are keywords for googling too.

Language varies only in the number of locales pre-installed. You can always install more or make your own. The whole subject is too big for here so you need lots of reading. Have fun.


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