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Re: Improvements to `(emacs)File Variables'

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Improvements to `(emacs)File Variables'
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2004 11:59:45 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

>     I think we should make the whole _concept_ of "unibyte" deprecated...
> That would be too drastic--and unnecessary.
> There are probably thousands of users who use it,
> if not tens of thousands.  This isn't broken;
> it works smoothly enough now, and no longer requires
> a lot of maintenance.

> So let's please not think of changing it.

I do not intend to change the code (other than in my own local Emacs build,
obviously), but whether or not unibyte is deprecated is important when
deciding how to change the manual.

I think the concept of unibyte and multibyte thingies should be kept within
the Elisp manual, but should be avoided when possible in the Emacs manual.


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