unicode_start(1) — Linux manual page


UNICODE_START(1)         General Commands Manual        UNICODE_START(1)

NAME         top

       unicode_start - put keyboard and console in unicode mode

SYNOPSIS         top

       unicode_start [font [umap]]

DESCRIPTION         top

       The 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 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

       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 kept.

NOTE         top

       Unicode mode is a parameter with a value per virtual console.
       However, usually the font and keymap is common to all consoles.

SEE ALSO         top

       dumpkeys(1), kbd_mode(1), loadkeys(1), unicode_stop(1), utf-8(7),

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kbd                            3 Feb 2001               UNICODE_START(1)

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