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Re: Is Emacs becoming Word?

From: Greg Novak
Subject: Re: Is Emacs becoming Word?
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2005 23:15:33 -0800
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* David Kastrup <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Today when I was editing source code and tried to type pi/2 in a
>> buffer, Emacs replaced it with some special character that appeared
>> as "1/2" as a single character.
> Unlikely.  Let me name a few things that might have happened:
> a) you use Leim (C-\) for input of international characters and the
> transliteration for ½ is /2.  Leim is not on unless you enable it.  It
> should be easy to find an input method that suits your bill better.
> b) you use font-lock-mode in LaTeX and write something like ^2, in
> which case a subscript 2 appears.  font-lock-mode is not turned on by
> default.  Even if you turn it on, you can remove the script
> highlighting.

None of the above?  I've never (intentionally) used Leim, and I didn't
type C-\ before the /2.  I had font-lock-mode on, but wasn't in Latex
mode.  I was in Python mode, and I typed nothing other than pi/2,
which got translated to "pi(one_half_as_one_character)"

And another thing: when I type " or ', Emacs seems to think that I'm
trying to input a special character.  If I type 'a, I get an angstrom
symbol, even though (again) I'm editing python code and I'm just
trying to type a string that starts with a.

>> The other day I was editing Lisp code and found that instead of the
>> usual paren highlighting, Emacs was highlighting the entire enclosed
>> expression.
> I don't get that here.  What did you switch on to get it?

This suddenly appeared after updating software, in this case on an OS
X machine.  I didn't enable any switch (myself), I just got it.

> But they are rarely on by default.

I'm afraid I have to disagree.  All three of the above issues appeared
after version upgrades: the first two on a Linux machine, the last on
an OS X laptop.  Maybe there are 3000 new features, and these are the
three that are on by default, in which case I guess you'd be right, in


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