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

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: bug#20499: [PROPOSED PATCH] C-x 8 shorthands for curved quotes, Euro, etc.
Date: Thu, 07 May 2015 18:22:25 -0400

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  > Maybe I don't understand the use case you have in mind.  I thought the
  > use case was that you already know the character's name, at least
  > approximately, and want to look up its code, to type is faster.

I know what the character looks like.  It is NOT easy to guess
what the name would be.  There are many possibilities.

  > > C-x 8 RET is even worse than that, because it requires
  > > _copying_ the name of the character.  To actually see the character
  > > point is on requires
  > > M-f C-f C-SPC C-s ; C-b M-w C-a C-x 8 RET C-y SPC

  > "C-x 8 RET" accepts the codepoint in hex, so if you are already
  > looking at the line that defines the character, all you need is to
  > type a 4-, sometimes 5-hex-digit number.

  > And if you want to type the name, "C-x 8 RET" provides completion, so
  > no need for such a complicated dance for copying the name.

Are you kidding?  Just to see 32 characters' glyphs
I'd have to type 128 input characters.

The feature I want would show 32 glyphs on each line,
and many lines would fit on the screen at once.

Dr Richard Stallman
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