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bug#20545: New minor mode Electric Punct


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: bug#20545: New minor mode Electric Punct
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 18:00:58 +0300

> Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 16:55:42 -0700
> From: Paul Eggert <address@hidden>
> 
> Attached are two proposed patches. The first creates a new minor mode 
> Electric Punct that does a variant of "smart quoting" designed for the Emacs 
> tradition of using ` and ' as aliases for left and right single quotation 
> marks. This new minor mode is inactive by default

The documentation patch says it's enabled by default.

> but the user can enable it in certain contexts. The second patch modifies 
> .dir-locals.el to enable the minor mode in contexts where it should be useful 
> when editing Emacs itself.

I don't think we should enable this by default, not even in
.dir-locals.el.  Let users decide whether they want this; as for
Emacs, we didn't yet decide this style to be mandatory, so it's too
early to force it.

> These patches are related to Bug#20385 in that they make it much easier to 
> edit doc strings formatted ‘like this’, which is the point of Bug#20385.

Do we already have a way of displaying ‘..’ on terminals that cannot
display them (notably, some TTYs)?  If not, we should add that before
we install these changes, and those in bug #20385.  I don't think we
can let doc strings have glyphless characters.





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