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

From: Dmitry Gutov
Subject: bug#20385: [PATCH] Support curved quotes in doc strings
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 20:24:00 +0300
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On 05/15/2015 10:49 AM, Paul Eggert wrote:

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

On the other hand, you'll be able to dynamically determine which quotes to use, depending e.g. on the locale.

   $ echo @ >t.c
   $ gcc t.c
   t.c:1:1: error: stray address@hidden in program

It still doesn't have the fancy quotes directly in the source code: they seem to be generated dynamically, similarly to the suggestion above:


Sure, but that's more complicated as it'd mean two ways to generate
curved quotes.

Neither of those should be particularly hard to implement.

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)

I don't see why we'd still need that, but the patch seems generally useful either way.

then why not prefer the same easy way to type curved
quotes in doc strings?

Two reasons. Neither of them is big, but the improvement from the transition to different quoting method is not huge either.

- Using unicode for markup is a complication (e.g. with certain mail clients, but some other instances might come up). - I don't like having two standards for quoting. And if quotes are agumented with font-lock, all the existing Elisp out there will be displayed with modern quotes automatically.

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