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RE: please use ?\u2014 instead of the unicode character inbuff-menu.el

From: Drew Adams
Subject: RE: please use ?\u2014 instead of the unicode character inbuff-menu.el
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2007 15:30:22 -0800

> > > Please tell the details about how you downloaded and saved the file to
> > > disk.  It is impossible to know what went wrong without these details.
> >
> > What went wrong is not the point. [....]
> Well, you did say
> > I don't know whether this represents a browser problem or a Web
> > site problem, however.
> All I did was try to help you find out what went wrong.  No good deed
> goes unpunished, sigh...

It was not clear to me that that was all you were doing. It seemed to me
that you were also arguing that the real problem was browser, Web site, or
user error, not the file contents, and that therefore the file need not be

This was the main point of my last message: What went wrong in downloading
the file is not the real point of my bug report. I would like the file
itself to be fixed, so that no such problem can possibly arise, regardless
of how the file might be downloaded.

Yes, a possible problem with the Web site is a secondary concern. It was not
obvious to me that you were not also arguing for not fixing the file. So, I
argued again for fixing it, and I argued that Web site or user error is not
a good reason not to fix the bug.

It did occur to me that you might *only* be trying to help find out what
went wrong, which is why I also wrote "If, on the other hand, your concern
was the site and how to ensure that users download Unicode code correctly,
then I share that concern..." I tried to understand your intent and your
message, but I was not sure what your point was.

My main concern is the file's Unicode characters. Arguments against fixing
the file are the first thing I wanted to rebut. And my interpretation #1 of
your response was that you were essentially saying that the real problem is
one of correctly downloading the file: just download correctly; no need to
fix the file.

Not knowing quite what you meant, I tried to reply to both of my
interpretations of your "good deed", with priority to what I think is most
important: fixing the file. If you had made it clear that you supported
fixing the file and you were only offering help to find out what went wrong
with the download, then I wouldn't have said anything about interpretation

Sorry if I misunderstood you. I was only trying to separate the bug report
from a possible Web-page download problem. No good deed goes unpunished, it
seems... ;-)

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