unicode_start - put keyboard and console in unicode mode
command will put the keyboard and console into Unicode
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.
Unicode mode is a parameter with a value per virtual console. However, usually
the font and keymap is common to all consoles.
, utf-8(7), setfont(8)