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Re: [bug-gnulib] proper names

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: [bug-gnulib] proper names
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2006 15:06:28 +0200
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Hello François,

> >  Written by Francois Pinard.
> >  Written by Franc,ois Pinard.
> >Which of the two ASCII transliterations he prefers, François will
> >certainly tell you himself.
> Both are good, I would maybe use the second myself.

Thanks. The way to write your name then with the 'propername' module is

      proper_name_utf8 ("Franc,ois Pinard", "Fran\303\247ois Pinard")

> Or even something like:
>  Written by Fran\xe7ois Pinard
>  Written by Fran\u00e7ois Pinard
> on the premise that the emitter should ideally never be the one guilty 
> of destroying information.  For the emitter, any reasonable coding 
> should do (yet what is reasonable or not may be much debated).  The 
> receiver should then manage the way s/he prefers except, of course, 
> thinking or stating that the emitter is the source of his/her problem.

While I agree on the principle of loss-less processing for all kinds of
user data, here we're talking about data which comes from the program
itself and therefore does not need to be preserved 100%. Here I think
the major principle is to be user-friendly; in particular avoid to
present hexadecimal numbers to end users. (Not everyone has 8 fingers
on one hand...)


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