I have posted this on the main list and Benji Fisher suggested I move
it here as it is Mac specific.
How on Earth am I to write Unicode files under Panther? When I set up
my Terminal to use Unicode (UTF-8) encoding I cannot enter German
characters (ä, ö, ü). Even if we ignore that, when I create a file in
vim (either the default one or the one I built from source) it saves
the file as ASCII or NON-ISO ASCII, depending on whether I used special
characters in the file or not. This also holds true to Vim.app.
I have read this (http://vim.sourceforge.net/tips/tip.php?tip_id=246)
and use this
the same. The built-in Vim admits it does not have multibyte (according
to the set_utf8.vim script) and iconv (according to `vim --version |
grep iconv`) support.
The one I built I specifically configured --eith-multibyte and
--with-iconv, and still the situation is the same no matter if I use it
in the terminal or as a standalone application.
Reading Unicode files created with TextEdit using German characters is
also impossible (the special characters look messed up).
Any pointers will be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks in advance,