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

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: bug#20385: [PROPOSED PATCH] Support quoting 'like this' in doc strings
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:38:22 -0700
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On 04/23/2015 11:23 AM, Drew Adams wrote:
1. What exactly do you mean by "people who prefer...will still be free
    to do that"?  Is this choice only at the end-user level?  Can a
    library make such a choice (to be possibly overridden by a user choice)?

I mean that Lisp code can use either style in its doc strings, and Emacs will work either way. End users will see what's in the doc string; I'm not proposing any on-the-fly reformatting (other than what's already there, for limited old displays), as I doubt whether the extra complexity would be worth the hassle in the long run.

2. Does your proposed change affect only Info?

The proposed change doesn't affect info. Info files in the Emacs distribution already use curved single quotes. Texinfo files will continue to use quotes `like this', to indicate curved single quotes in Emacs's info files. Similarly, quoting ``like this'' in a Texinfo file will continue to generate curved double quotes in Emacs's info files.

    users should have the same experience wrt such
    code quoting for Info, doc strings, and Emacs-Lisp (doc strings and

Yes, that's the longer term proposal for Emacs's files, using curved single quotes. The current patch is one step in that direction. Under this approach, users who prefer to quote `like this' will still be able to do that in their own doc strings and manuals.

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