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Re: emacs manual: codepage-setup vs language environ

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: emacs manual: codepage-setup vs language environ
Date: Thu, 04 Aug 2005 06:51:34 +0300

> From: Kevin Ryde <address@hidden>
> Date: Thu, 04 Aug 2005 09:39:35 +1000
>       Since the codepage number also indicates which script you are
>       using, Emacs automatically runs `set-language-environment' to
>       select the language environment for that script (*note
>       Language Environments::).
> When I first read that I thought it applied to both the M-x
> dos-codepage-setup and M-x codepage-setup commands shown at the start
> of that section, whereas if I'm not mistaken it's only the former.

Actually, it applies to the Emacs startup on MS-DOS.

> I think that node could be clearer if the description of how codepages
> are handled with emacs coding systems (and how you need M-x
> codepage-setup) was separated from the bits about what happens in
> emacs actually running on DOS.

The node you quoted is from an appendix that describes the MS-DOS port
of Emacs, which uses codepage.el.  On other systems, Emacs uses a
different implementation of code pages, the one from code-pages.el.
That package is simply not documented; if we want to document the code
page facilities on systems other than MS-DOS, that information should
be added somewhere else in the manual, not in the DOS appendix, IMHO.

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