[links-list] Why links has its own iconv?

ha shao hashao at china.com
Sat Feb 17 00:26:31 PST 2001

On Thu, Feb 15, 2001 at 01:09:39PM +0100, mikulas at artax.karlin.mff.cuni.cz wrote:
> > glibc 2.2 provides converting most charsets to utf-8.
> > And any decent system should provider iconv in system library.
> > Why not use iconv provided by the system?
> Using glibc-2.2 features would cause that links would work only on
> glibc-2.2 linux.

iconv is not glibc specific. It is just that glibc has better buildin 
iconv. There is always libiconv for non-glibc systems.

If link uses iconv, there are no need to maintant one more table for every
additional language. And link automatically add support for all the
languages supported by iconv. No double-byte or multibyte headach to
deal with, at least around the charset conversion area.

Best regard

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