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bug#20707: [PROPOSED PATCH] Use curved quoting in C-generated errors

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: bug#20707: [PROPOSED PATCH] Use curved quoting in C-generated errors
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 17:17:23 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

Hello, Paul.

On Mon, Jun 01, 2015 at 09:01:08AM -0700, Paul Eggert wrote:
> On 06/01/2015 03:49 AM, Alan Mackenzie wrote:
> > Currently, we can grep C source code (whether on the command line or
> > within Emacs), specifically specifying quote characters like " (even if
> > they have to be escaped).

> Having just gone through this exercise, I can say that it doesn't work 
> as well as I had hoped.  Characters are sometimes escaped, sometimes 
> not, and even something easy like searching for '`' finds many false 
> hits in comments.

> > OK, there may be some arcane way of specifying these curly quotes

> Hmm, well, it's not arcane for me.  This shell command:

>     grep ‘ *.c

That begs the question how do you type that left curly quote.  I have no
way of doing so on my keyboard.  Having to memorise a 4 digit hex value
would count as arcane for me.

In mutt, that curly quote displays as `.  However, searching for the
ASCII back tick (correctly) fails to find it.  This is disconcerting.
Dumping the text to a file, visiting that file in Emacs and C-u C-x =
shows the character to be LEFT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK, 0x2018.

> generates all .c lines that contain left single quotation mark in a 
> string (after the proposed patch is applied).  This is simpler than any 
> shell command to find apostrophe or double-quote or grave accent.

> > Curly quotes display as ? on my terminal, sometimes inverted.

> That's not good.  What terminal are you using, and why does it not 
> handle UTF-8?

I use the Linux virtual terminal:

    $TERM = linux

It doesn't handle UTF-8, because I never put in the effort to make it do
so.  Looking at the available fonts in /usr/share/consolefonts, there
isn't one whose name looks like "utf" or "uni", except for four with
names beginning with "UniCyr", which probably means something like "UTF

> What is your operating system and locale settings?

(Gentoo) GNU/Linux with:

    $LANG = en_GB.utf8

, none of the LC_ variables being set.

> If this is a common problem among Emacs developers, I suppose we'll
> have to come up with a different way.

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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