I'd like my Linux working environment to be as 8-bit-character
friendly as possible--ideally, to consistently display, say, ISO
LATIN-1 output for high-bit characters. As is, with my Slackware 2
environment, the situation is total chaos. Lynx, with the proper
settings, will handle and display accented characters perfectly.
nvi will allow me to input accented characters, but displays them
as hex escapes. Neither "cat" nor "less" seem to be capable of
displaying high-bit characters as characters. Elm won't either
(meaning I need metamail?)
I can understand the historical reasons for this in the lack of
standards for display of non-ASCII characters, but are there any
tolerable fixes for the situation in a console or VT-100-based
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