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Re: inputting characters by hexadigit

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: inputting characters by hexadigit
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 23:53:06 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

> But there's also the issue that unicode includes a number of other
> common fractions, so it might be nice to allow for supporting 'em as C-x
> 8 1/3 for ⅓ and similar for ⅝ ⅗ etc. in future.

That's OK.  They don't need to use "1 / 3" and can use "/ 1 3" instead,
for example.

>> with something else, and then use C-x 8 NNNN RET. 
> Should allow for N to NNNNNN, not just NNNN  .

That's what the RET is for.

>> Note that I'd also imagine the NNNN to use hex, so it would also
>> conflict with other existing bindings, 

> Also N.B. conflicts change depending on M-x iso-transl-set-language!

Thanks for pointing it out.

> IMO might be better to just require a single character prefix, rather
> than eating so much of C-x 8 space.

> C-x 8 # 263a seems nice to me, though, my bad,
> C-x 8 0 263a is perhaps easier to type for people who
> aren't using british keyboards (# is an unshifted key for british/irish).

I think sticking to digits is the best choice since it's the only one
that guarantees there won't be any need to dance around with modifiers.

> Is it a goal to eventually deprecate C-q entry?

Very much so, yes.

> Just wondering... C-q 0x263a  doesn't seem so bad...

C-x 8 0 2 6 3 a is just as short.  And if we can drop the 0, it's
even shorter.


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