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Re: Simple Tasks, new TODO category

From: Jason Rumney
Subject: Re: Simple Tasks, new TODO category
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2008 16:53:33 +0000
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Drew Adams wrote:
A non-printable seems very obscure, though. I'd think using a (seldom)
printable (with a way to escape it, of course) might be more friendly.
Why not use underscore, as GTK does (and translate appropriately to the
target platform)?
XEmacs uses %_, which is even less likely to be used in a menu item name, and has the benefit of not appearing in any key binding so we wouldn't have to do any escaping of key bindings that are automatically added to the menu.

Sorry to chime in once more, but I again get the impression that you are speaking about 
giving a special interpretation to a displayable character that might appear in a menu 
item, and that you are trying to find a character or string that is "less likely to 
be used in a menu item name".

GUI toolkits do this already. If the character(s) used are rare enough that it is unlikely to break existing code, and the special purpose is well documented, I don't see where the harm is. Fixing the problem for any cases that do break will be simple, and using the characters already used by XEmacs for 5 years will make it likely that any such problems have already been dealt with.

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