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Re: [PATCH] Unicode Lisp reader escapes

From: Aidan Kehoe
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Unicode Lisp reader escapes
Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 21:20:57 +0200

 Ar an cúigiú lá de mí Bealtaine, scríobh Richard Stallman: 

 >     [...] The thing with the Emacs \x escape is that anyone using it for
 >     characters outside of ASCII is asking for pain, and always has been. 
 >     It has only ever been clearly defined for that character set; any
 >     existing code in the repository for other characters, for example,
 >     _will definitely_ break with the merging of the Unicode branch.
 > We are miscommunicating.  Whether it is wise to use \x is not the
 > question.  The issue I am talking about is that of _coherence_
 > (parallelism of syntax) between \x and \u.

Indeed. And one of the paragraphs you snipped indicated my doubts as to
whether it is wise to be coherent with something that is either bad style or

 > [...] Thank you, but my question here is not about \u. Rather, it is
 > about whether there are OTHER incompatibilities between Emacs Lisp and C
 > string syntax.
 > I want to see that information before deciding what to do here.

There aren’t, to my knowledge, C is a pretty conservative language. GCC and
its conscientious approach to the standards is a big part of why that is so,
as I understand it. 

Aidan Kehoe, http://www.parhasard.net/

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