These little scripts were written to provide a quick and simple way to start xterm with 8-bit fonts for other languages, such as Greek, Russian, Hebrew, or Turkish.
It's always nice to be able to choose. There are a few good reasons why Unicode xterms are not always the best choice. For instance, some of my HP Entria X terminal stations take quite a long while to download those Unicode fonts into their precious little memory, but 8-bit fonts are quick and snappy and totally sufficient for most purposes, esp. since one can open a differently languaged xterm on demand, using one of the above scripts.
To view the full character set in one of your 8-bit
xterms, simply type:
If you would like to see and compare all the above 8-bit character sets in one single file, you can download charsets.utf8.txt (in UTF-8 format).