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Re: utf-8 cut/paste

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: utf-8 cut/paste
Date: 26 May 2004 11:48:32 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

>> > I thought that if I use unicode (utf-8), all characters are already
>> > in one set.
>> In general theory, all the Unicode characters are in the Unicode
>> (utf-8) set and all the cp1252 characters are in the cp1252 set.
> Actually, cp1252 is not a charset, it's an encoding (a.k.a. ``coding
> system'').  The underlying Mule charset is latin-iso8859-1.

AFAICT he was talking "in general", not "in Emacs".
Emacs' notion of a charset is a mostly arbitrary internal detail.
cp1252 could have been implemented as another charset rather than being
mapped to a mix of 8859-1 and unicode chars.
IIUC, emacs-unicode does away with this notion of a charset.


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