[RFC] Use ICU in wine ?

Shachar Shemesh shachar at shemesh.biz
Mon Oct 10 12:47:32 CDT 2011

On 10/10/2011 02:48 AM, Rafał Mużyło wrote:
> Right now, wine claims to use DUCET data for lingustic sorting, but by
> section 1.9.2 of that document (as of version 6.0.0), uses it in a wrong
> way. The result of it are bugs such as #10767 and #9583.
> A possible way around it would beby using ICU to get language specific
> tailoring and applying some of wine-specific for the parts addressed by
> #10767.
I will not go into the part of the discussion that has to do with
whether ICU will or will not resolve the issues. I will point out that
Wine used to have a soft dependency on ICU (introduced, for my sins, by
me) for the sake of BiDi processing. Everyone involved, myself included,
were all too happy to see it go. ICU is impossible to dynamically link
with, and it's size is quite huge if statically linked.

The good news is that ICU's license seems to be compatible with Wine's
LGPL, so if needed, the relevant part can be copied into Wine.


Shachar Shemesh
Lingnu Open Source Consulting Ltd.

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