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Re: makeinfo should quote 'like this' instead of `like this'

From: Per Bothner
Subject: Re: makeinfo should quote 'like this' instead of `like this'
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2012 17:46:32 -0800
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On 01/23/2012 05:20 PM, Karl Berry wrote:
Yes, fine.  But the question at hand is about the info/plaintext output
for @file when enable-encoding is *not* set, and/or utf-8 is not
specified,.  Up till now, makeinfo in all its forms has output `foo'.
But I guess we have to now change to 'foo'.

A better alternative might be for makeinfo to create info files
containing the utf-8 directed quotes, and for the make program
(and emacs make mode) to translate depending on locale.

A related question: how does/should makeinfo+info handle non-ascii
characters in the source?  For example if I'm writing documentation
in Norwegian.  Is the info output supposed to be locale-specific?
That seems in principle wrong, though in practice we may be stuck.

[Most of you know my opinion in this matter: info as a *file* format
should be killed dead and replaced by some variant of [X]HTML.  I've been
saying this for 20 years, it seems.]
        --Per Bothner
address@hidden   http://per.bothner.com/

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