[syslinux] RFD: Internationalizing the menu system

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Mon Jan 21 22:12:34 PST 2008

I know quite a few people have interest in internationalizing the menu 
system.  This is a tricky problem, since have a full-blown rendering 
engine for the more complex languages (Indic, Semitic and East Asian 
languages being the main ones that have substantial complexities.)

Given that, I was thinking that the most sensible thing might be to 
pre-render strings (basically menu items and messages) as PNG images.

That begs a couple of questions:

- First, how interesting is this to the user community?
- What kind of resolution is required?  In particular, is the current
   16-pixel text rows sufficient?  Does support or lack of support of
   antialiasing affect this?
- How to deal with the countdown timer?
- What about serial console?

I'd appreciate feedback.


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