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bug#20385: [PROPOSED PATCH] Support quoting 'like this' in doc strings

From: Nicolas Petton
Subject: bug#20385: [PROPOSED PATCH] Support quoting 'like this' in doc strings
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:59:37 +0200

Drew Adams writes:

> I will add that one increasingly important use of `...' is that
> doc gets copied and pasted to other, non-Emacs environments.
> You might think that `...' is "ugly" (and that is the ONLY
> reason that's been given so far for changing it), but it has
> the distinct advantage that it is a unique way of quoting
> that separates itself from both strings ("...") and ordinary
> text quoting (curly quotes, double and single).
> If you post doc pieces into a context such as Stack Exchange,
> for example, you need only change the ' in `...' to `, to
> have that new context also, like Emacs, treat the quoted
> sexp specially - not a ordinary quoted text.  That is, SE
> uses `...` instead of `...', but it does the same thing
> Emacs does, to make the result stand out as code and not as
> just any old quoted text.
> If you change `...' to ordinary curly quoting, you lose
> distinguishing what it quotes as code.
> Just one more consideration, another reason why the proposed
> change is a bad idea, IMHO.

I agree with you.

Maybe a compromise could be to add as an alternative syntax `...` (just
like SE or Markdown)? It would then fix the unbalanced quotes issue.

Nicolas Petton

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