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charmap(5)				Linux User Manual			       charmap(5)

       charmap - character symbols to define character encodings

       A  character  set description (charmap) defines a characterset of available characters and
       their encodings. All supported character sets should have the portable character set as	a
       proper subset.

       The charmap file starts with a header, that may consist of the following keywords:

	      is followed by the name of the codeset.

	      is  followed by the max number of bytes for a multibyte-character.  Multibyte char-
	      acters are currently not supported. The default value is 1.

	      is followed by the min number of bytes for a character. This value must be less  or
	      equal than mb_cur_max.  If not specified, it defaults to mb_cur_max.

	      is followed by a character that should be used as the escape-character for the rest
	      of the file to mark characters that should be interpreted  in  a	special  way.  It
	      defaults to the backslash ( \ ).

	      is  followed by a character that will be used as the comment-character for the rest
	      of the file. It defaults to the number sign ( # ).

       The charmap-definition itself starts with the keyword CHARMAP in column 1.

       The following lines may have one of the two following forms to define the character-encod-

       <symbolic-name> <encoding> <comments>
	      This form defines exactly one character and its encoding.

       <symbolic-name>...<symbolic-name> <encoding> <comments>
	      This form defines a couple of characters. This is only useful for mutlibyte-charac-
	      ters, which are currently not implemented.

       The last line in a charmap-definition file must contain END CHARMAP.

       A symbolic name for a character contains only characters of the	portable  character  set.
       The name itself is enclosed between angle brackets.  Characters following an <escape_char>
       are interpreted as itself; for example, the sequence '<\\\>>' represents the symbolic name
       '\>' enclosed in angle brackets.

       The encoding may be in each of the following three forms:

	      with a decimal number

	      with a hexadecimal number

	      with an octal  number.


       Jochen Hein (jochen.hein@delphi.central.de)


       locale(1), localedef(1), setlocale(3), localeconv(3), locale(5)

National Language Support		    1994-11-28				       charmap(5)
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