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Re: iso-8859-1 and non-latin-1 chars

From: Dave Love
Subject: Re: iso-8859-1 and non-latin-1 chars
Date: 23 Dec 2002 12:27:58 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.2

Kenichi Handa <address@hidden> writes:

> I don't think the program `ispell' itself should be fixed.

I meant ispell.el, though it is unfortunate that we don't have a
spelling program that deals with multibyte encodings as far as I know.

> But, ispell.el should be made more robust.  When it finds an
> unencodable character in a word, perhaps, it should show the
> word as a misspelled word to a user instead of sending it to
> the ispell program.

Yes, that's what I've implemented for flyspell.  The problem is that
ispell.el sends a whole line to the subprocess (unlike flyspell).
Also it doesn't use the Emacs syntax table to decide what's a word.

> Then BBDB should call select-safe-coding-system before
> siliently using a specified coding system.

No, it should use a general coding system to store all text.  I
implemented that, but people have used inappropriate values (either by
setting the relevant variable or via `file-coding-system-alist') and
there could be problems in the transition to the new version.

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