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Re: [PATCH] system-type cygwin with window-system w32

From: Daniel Colascione
Subject: Re: [PATCH] system-type cygwin with window-system w32
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 02:41:08 -0700
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On 7/18/11 2:04 AM, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
>> Yes, the change would make Emacs Unicode-only --- but every Windows OS
>> in common use supports unicode.  Why would requiring unicode support be
>> a problem?
> Two reasons: (1) we still support running Emacs on Windows 9X, where
> the Unicode file APIs are (AFAIK) not supported, even if unicows.dll
> is installed

The 9X family is long dead.  There's no vendor or driver support;  I
don't know how I would even go about testing 9X support.  We shouldn't
forgo technical improvement on the account of a dead system.

> and (2) going Unicode means that all the existing APIs
> used by Emacs will have to be switched to Unicode. 

Why not do it piecemeal?  We can directly call Unicode APIs where

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