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bug#20499: bug#16082: bug#20499: [PROPOSED PATCH] C-x 8 shorthands for c

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: bug#20499: bug#16082: bug#20499: [PROPOSED PATCH] C-x 8 shorthands for curved quotes, Euro, etc.
Date: Mon, 04 May 2015 18:00:35 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>       First of all, isn’t this essentially the same suggestion as the
>       one of bug#16082?  (FWIW, I’ve requested the reports to be
>       merged; feel free to unmerge if I’ve missed something.)

Indeed.  I'm not opposed to adding such things.  I do wish C-x 8 was
changed to make use of the quail code somehow.

Also, I think it would be good to construct this table
semi-automatically, along the lines of what I've done for latin-ltx.el.

>       I tend to agree with that, but is there currently an easy way to
>       switch between /two/ input methods?  For one thing, I currently
>       use “no” input method for typing English /and/
>       russian-typewriter to type Russian.

Indeed.  IIUC it would be trivial to let C-\ cycle between
a user-selected set of default input methods.  Patch welcome.

I also wish it were possible to activate several input methods
at the same time.  I don't (know how to) use state-based methods, but
for input methods like French or TeX, it isn't that hard to come up with
ways to create new input methods by combining or shifting (e.g. add
a prefix key, or drop a prefix) existing ones.

>       The other side of the issue is that the dashes, arrows,
>       mathematical symbols, and the likes of them are cross-lingual,
>       and making them available via input methods will involve
>       duplication of many of the individual quail-define-rules entries
>       all around leim/quail/*.el.  (If done the straightforward way;
>       AIUI, anyway.)

Indeed.  Which is why I think it makes sense to try and develop ways to
create "partial input methods" and then combine them.


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