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Re: Hebrew xlation of Emacs tutorial

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Hebrew xlation of Emacs tutorial
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2007 17:21:24 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.93 (gnu/linux)

James Cloos <address@hidden> writes:

> Eli,
> Any idea how much work it'd take to merge the changes between
> the (your, right?) emacs-bidi-base and emacs-bidi branches into
> the emacs-unicode-2 branch?
> There are only 3 merge failures in src files, plus a couple in
> texinfo files and several in ChangeLog files.

I don't think that this is the only issue.  Eli might correct me on
that, but the last time this issue came up, he clearly stated that the
bidi branch was not production quality and had serious stability and
performance issues.  We certainly don't want it to be "merged into the
emacs-unicode-2 branch" before Emacs 23 is released: emacs-unicode-2
is a major step forward and apparently close to release quality.

There are also other issues which should probably be addressed when
reworking the display engine for bidi, like composite character
support and antialiasing, so merging the fragile bidi branch might not
actually be the best tactic for going forward.

At the current point of time, I think it prudent to leave Emacs-bidi
on the back burner, and to start thinking about what long-term
strategy to follow in a bidi-capable branch (it might well mean
abandoning the current emacs-bidi approach) when emacs-unicode-2 has
made it into the trunk and does not require major reworks before Emacs

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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