[Slackbuilds-users] Bad character in snappy.info

Richard Narron richard at aaazen.com
Thu Jun 10 16:17:03 UTC 2021

On Wed, 9 Jun 2021, Didier Spaier wrote:

> Hi,
> Le 09/06/2021 à 14:00, Christoph Willing a écrit :
> > While working on updating HooRex for python 3, I discovered that in
> > development/snappy/snappy.info, there is an errant character in the
> > MAINTAINER field. Could someone fix please?
> >
> > To see the resulting error when reading that file in python, run the
> > following python script in the development/snappy directory:
> >
> > #!/usr/bin/env python3
> > with open('snappy.info', 'r') as f:
> >       txt = f.read()
> The second character of the maintainer's first name : "Mário" is a LATIN
> LETTER A WITH ACUTE according to UNICODE, in an UTF-8 encoding (U+00DE1
> or á).
> Which leads to a request. In  http://slackbuilds.org/guidelines/ it is
> written:
> "It's recommended to use plain ASCII for all files that are being
> submitted to
> SBo"
> However, most languages use characters outside of the ASCII set. Why not
> allow
>   an UTF-8 encoding, in which all maintainers names can be properly written?

If we use UTF-8 for names in Spanish, where does it end?

I cannot easily recognize UTF-8 names in Chinese or Thai or Russian or

My keyboard does not easily support such languages.

If we allow UTF-8 names in SlackBuild scripts then how about UTF-8 in
documentation and descriptions?

Where does it end?

I would hope that we keep the English language as a standard for
software that I can, read and write and that matches my keyboard.

Richard Narron

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