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Re: unicode in emacs 21

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: unicode in emacs 21
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 16:54:10 -0700 (MST)

    That view is unfair to the people who have done lots of work, himi in
    particular.  `Working on Unicode support' in my book isn't restricted
    to implementing an apparently-unnecessary, disruptive, incompatible
    change to the internal encoding, even if it's what one wants ideally.

I think that supporting Unicode at the internal level is the best way
to support it fully, and that's what we have decided to do.  As a
result of that decision, we are sometimes reluctant to put time into
studying, installing and maintaining other approaches which would be
obsolete once we do it the right way.

Supporting Unicode superficially while retaining the current internal
representation raises a number of problems, one of them being that the
internal representation has several alternatives for the same character
which correspond to the same code point in Unicode.

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