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bug#27270: display-raw-bytes-as-hex generates ambiguous output for Emacs


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: bug#27270: display-raw-bytes-as-hex generates ambiguous output for Emacs strings
Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:59:56 +0300

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> From: Paul Eggert <address@hidden>
> Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2017 09:24:56 -0700
> 
> >> "\x905"
> >>
> >> which is the wrong string visually.
> > How is that different from "\2205" you get under the default settings?
> 
> When I cut and paste "\2205" into another Emacs, it evaluates to the 
> same two-character string that I started off with because octal escapes 
> are limited to 3 octal digits.

That's a different issue.  You said "\x905" was wrong visually, so I
asked how is that different, visually, from "\2205".

> When I cut and paste "\x905" I get a 
> one-character string because there is no limit to the length of 
> hexadecimal escapes. This is a problem, because cut-and-paste should 
> continue to copy text accurately even when I'm using terminal windows.

Same thing happens when you copy/paste from an Emacs window which uses
a display table: the pasted string will be different from the original
one.  I believe I already pointed that out in this discussion.

> >> "\x80\ 5"
> >>
> >> or via some other means.
> > We do use "some other means": the raw byte has a different face.
> 
> That doesn't help when --color=no is specified, or in terminal sessions 
> that do not support colors.

In those cases, the octal notation has the same visual problems.

> I prefer monochrome anyway. So this ambiguity will be a real pain
> for me.

I still don't understand how this is different from the octal
notation, but if it is, you can always stay with the default octal
display.  That's what I do.





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