UNICODE_START(1) General Commands Manual UNICODE_START(1)
unicode_start – put keyboard and console in unicode mode
unicode_start [font [umap]]
The unicode_start command will put the keyboard and console into Uni‐
code (UTF-8) mode.
For the keyboard this means that one can attach 16-bit U+xxxx values to
keyboard keys using loadkeys, and have these appear as UTF-8 input
to user programs. Also, that one can type hexadecimal Alt-xxxx using
the numeric keypad, and again produce UTF-8.
For the console this means that the kernel expects UTF-8 output from
user programs, and displays the output accordingly.
The parameter font is a font that is loaded. It should have a built-in
Unicode map, or, if it hasn’t, such a map can be given explicitly as
second parameter. When no font was specified, the current font is
Unicode mode is a parameter with a value per virtual console. However,
usually the font and keymap is common to all consoles.
3 Feb 2001 UNICODE_START(1)