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bug#20499: [PROPOSED PATCH] C-x 8 shorthands for curved quotes, Euro, et

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: bug#20499: [PROPOSED PATCH] C-x 8 shorthands for curved quotes, Euro, etc.
Date: Mon, 04 May 2015 09:11:49 -0700
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On 05/04/2015 07:22 AM, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
Shouldn't we prefer input methods instead?

Typically yes, but for common characters it's better to have a standard way to input them in any context. The exact set of such characters is of course debatable (and you could easily talk me out of the more-obscure characters proposed), but quotes, dashes, and the Euro are pretty basic to ordinary English text.

Also, Emacs has no English input method, which means Emacs users currently have trouble writing good English text outside the ASCII character set. I suppose we could add such a method, but that would require more user training than the proposed approach. Anyway, Emacs is natively English and support for basic English text should be available everywhere.

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