unicode_start - put keyboard and console in unicode mode
2. SYNOPSIS ▲
unicode_start [ font " [" umap ]]
3. DESCRIPTION ▲
unicode_start command will put the keyboard and console into Unicode (UTF-8) mode.
For the keyboard this means that one can attach 16-bit U+xxxx values to keyboard keys using
R loadkeys (1), 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 fontis 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 kept.
4. NOTE ▲
Unicode mode is a parameter with a value per virtual console. However, usually the font and keymap is common to all consoles.
5. SEE ALSO ▲
R dumpkeys (1),
R kbd_mode (1),
R loadkeys (1),
R unicode_stop (1),
R setfont (8)