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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: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 16:26:40 -0700
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On 06/02/2015 10:07 AM, Alan Mackenzie wrote:
You're now
changing Emacs so that its proper working is restricted to UTF-8

Emacs still works in non-UTF-8 environments. That's the point of commit 496bfe74990d6601d3584cb900643aa77d7b7a78, which causes Emacs to display curved quotes using straight ASCII approximations in environments that can't display curved quotes.

The abovementioned patch was needed regardless of the other recent quote-related changes to Emacs, because the Emacs info files typically contain curved quotes nowadays anyway, and users in 8-bit environments had trouble reading them otherwise. To some extent this is an inevitable result of the rest of the world moving on, and of Emacs's old ASCII-only tradition having to adapt.

If you prefer a font that supports only Latin-9 characters I suggest setting the locale to en_GB.iso885915 instead of en_GB.utf8. That way, Emacs shouldn't send undisplayable characters to your screen so you shouldn't see all those '?'s. Likewise with other programs, as this issue isn't Emacs-specific.

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