Category Archives: Windows infrastructure

The Command Prompt and Fonts

In Windows Command Shells, I wrote about about the Command Prompt’s inability to handle Unicode. I noted that this problem was really with the infrastructure behind the Command Prompt, so other console programs that use the same infrastructure have the same problem. That’s not really true. If I send UTF-8 octets to the terminal, they […]

Dealing with code pages

A code page is the mapping of values to characters, and something you have to think about if you’re dealing with some Windows things. The Command Prompt and filenames, deal with particular code pages. There’s an input code page, which handles what our programs get, and there’s the output code page, which interprets our output […]