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## bug#20385: Support curved quotes in doc strings

 From: Ivan Shmakov Subject: bug#20385: Support curved quotes in doc strings Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 07:20:17 +0000 User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

>>>>> Dmitry Gutov <address@hidden> writes:
>>>>> On 05/13/2015 06:13 PM, Paul Eggert wrote:

[…]

>> That's been proposed, but nobody has taken the time to do it.  Plus,
>> it'd be One More Thing; it's simpler if doc strings are plain
>> strings and are not little subsets of Markdown or whatever.

> That's trivial, if there's agreement to do it. I don't really
> understand the motivation for the original proposal (to switch away
> from ...'), so it's not clear to me if font-locking would satisfy
> it.

That’s simple: the  character is not a quotation mark at all.
In fact, it’s the spacing variant of the very same diacritical
mark as is shown above e in è.

The rationale was that one can encode ‘è’ as ‘e\010’ if there’s
no “native” è character in the target (ASCII-based) encoding.
Just like one may encode “bold” and “underline”; consider, say:

\$ printf 'b\b_o\b_l\b_d\b_ u\bun\bnd\bde\ber\brl\bli\bin\bne\be\n' | less

The very same trick that up to this day is used by man(1).

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