xterm fails to display the Indian fonts (Hindi). Instead, it displays the garbage character.
I'm using xterm version 293 on LFS
I copied sample hindi text from here
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It is not only for Indian fonts.Instead you can say combining characters. Most of the Indian language scripts are combining characters :-) .For example Kannada,Hindi,Tamil,Malayalam etc,etc. almost all :-)
Xterm only supported Level 1 (no combining characters) of ISO 10646-1 with fixed character width and left-to-right writing direction[No Arab characters,I guess it is urdu that is from right to left]. In other words, the terminal semantics were basically the same as for ISO 8859-1, except that it can now decode UTF-8 and can access 16-bit characters.
xterm version that comes with XFree86 4.0 or higher includes
UTF-8 support. To activate it, start
xterm in a UTF-8 locale and use a font with
iso10646-1 encoding, for instance with
LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 xterm -fn '-Misc-Fixed-Medium-R-SemiCondensed--13-120-75-75-C-60-ISO10646-1'
If you are not using
XFree86 4.0 or newer, then you can alternatively download the latest
xterm development version separately and compile it yourself with
./configure --enable-wide-chars ; make
or alternatively with
xmkmf; make Makefiles; make; make install; make install.man.
If you do not have
UTF-8 locale support available, use command line option
-u8 when you invoke
xterm to switch input and output to UTF-8.
For more info on this refer the following link: