> BTW, VGA hardware allows to use up to 512 characters in text-mode, not 256.

I know about this. However, converting UTF-8 to 8-bit for rendering is an
easy first step. This fits well into existing system: fonts, screenmaps,
etc. Of course, rendering 512 characters may help many people. This is
linked to modifying the renderer and therefore is not scheduled for now. The
highest current priority is to make technically possible switching whole
system, including syscons, $LANG, X Window, applications, etc to UTF-8 input
and output. Renderer improvement can be done separately.
Alexander Churanov
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