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

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: bug#20707: [PROPOSED PATCH] Use curved quoting in C-generated errors
Date: Mon, 01 Jun 2015 11:50:36 -0700
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On 06/01/2015 10:17 AM, Alan Mackenzie wrote:
how do you type that left curly quote.

In the new Electric Quote minor mode you can type just ` for the typical case. Outside Electric Quote, you can type C-x 8 ` (or A-` if your Alt key is working). Except for A-` this all should work on any keyboard. You don't need to memorize a 4 digit hex value (I can never remember it myself).

However, searching for the ASCII back tick (correctly) fails to find it. This is disconcerting.

It may be disconcerting at first, but it's easy to get used to and it has advantages, e.g., it provides finer-grained control over searching. Where I want to find a left single quote of either style, I can do a regexp search for "[`‘]" but in interactive usage this is rare, at least for me.

I use the Linux virtual terminal: $TERM = linux consolefont="lat1-16" It doesn't handle UTF-8, because I never put in the effort to make it do so.

According to <https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/UTF-8#The_system_console> it should work if you have sys-apps/baselayout <http://packages.gentoo.org/package/sys-apps/baselayout> 1.11.9 or higher installed, have unicode="yes" in /etc/rc.conf, and specify e.g. keymap="uk" in /etc/conf.d/keymaps. The console font lat9w-16 seems to be reasonably popular, so you might try that. UTF-8 works out of the box in Ubuntu and Fedora on the system console; I don't use Gentoo but it shouldn't be a lot of trouble to get it to work there too.

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