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

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: bug#20499: [PROPOSED PATCH] C-x 8 shorthands for curved quotes, , Euro, etc.
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 11:48:36 -0700
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On 05/11/2015 07:54 AM, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
IOW, the above selection is highly filtered using some unspecified rules

Sure, and I expect that what Wikipedia has done is seen which characters get used the most, give a trivial UI for the most-commonly used dozen or so non-ASCII characters, a simple UI for the most-commonly used few-hundred non-ASCII characters, and a more-complex UI for the rest. It's a reasonable design approach.

For example, if you know that the character you are looking for is some form of a Latin 'a', then we could present only those (there are 36 of them in the current UCD).

That all sounds good, for users who know that there's a way to get that list of "A"-like characters. It would be good also to cater to people who are less expert, and who only know something simple like "type the Alt-FOO key if you want to type weird characters". Perhaps a top-level menu that gives a dozen or so of the most-common characters and also says "type an "A" to get the "A"-like letters", and "press this button to get Greek", etc.

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