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bug#20385: [PATCH] Support curved quotes in doc strings

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: bug#20385: [PATCH] Support curved quotes in doc strings
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 00:49:01 -0700
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Dmitry Gutov wrote:

The other GNU packages have transitioned to using the straight apostrophes
though, didn't they?

No, in locales where UTF-8 is allowed these packages typically use curved quotes. Here are GCC and coreutils in my (UTF-8) locale:

  $ echo @ >t.c
  $ gcc t.c
  t.c:1:1: error: stray address@hidden in program
  $ mv xzzy sfasdf
  mv: cannot stat ‘xzzy’: No such file or directory

The packages do use straight apostrophes in locales that lack curved quotes, but such locales are becoming less popular with time.

The diagnostic messages can be treated differently (use fancy quotes, since we
know this text will appear to the user as-is)

Sure, but that's more complicated as it'd mean two ways to generate curved quotes. Another way to put it: we'd still need an easy way for users to type curved quotes in strings and once we have that (as per the Bug#20545 patch) then why not prefer the same easy way to type curved quotes in doc strings?

As a Russian speaker, though, I'm not going to
turn it off.

Completely understandable. I suppose you can turn it off for the odd message where that's useful -- a bit awkward, but better than nothing.

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