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UNICODE_START(1)                                              UNICODE_START(1)



NAME
       unicode_start - put keyboard and console in unicode mode

SYNOPSIS
       unicode_start [font [umap]]

DESCRIPTION
       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 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 kept.

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

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



                                  3 Feb 2001                  UNICODE_START(1)