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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 character set of avail‐
       able 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 follow‐
       ing keywords:

	      is followed by the name of the codeset.

	      is followed by the max number of bytes for  a  multibyte-charac‐
	      ter.   Multibyte	characters  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 than or equal than mb_cur_max.	 If not speci‐
	      fied, 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

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

       <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 useful only
	      for multibyte-characters, which are currently not implemented.

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

   Symbolic names
       A symbolic name for a character contains only characters of the	porta‐
       ble 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.

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

	      with a decimal number

	      with a hexadecimal number

	      with an octal number.



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

       This page is part of release 3.65 of the Linux  man-pages  project.   A
       description  of	the project, and information about reporting bugs, can
       be found at

				  1994-11-28			    CHARMAP(5)

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