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Re: gnus should accept UTF8 even if UTF-8 is standard

From: Stephen J. Turnbull
Subject: Re: gnus should accept UTF8 even if UTF-8 is standard
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 13:39:36 +0900

Richard M. Stallman writes:
 >     Yes, we should probably provide at least a function that we could call
 >     `get-coding-system' and which would take a string and return
 >     a coding-systm or nil.  It would then take care of ignoring case
 >     differences a well as addition/removal of dash/underscore/etc.. chars.
 > That approach sounds good.

`get-coding-system' and `find-coding-system' already exist in XEmacs,
so I would appreciate it if you would avoid those names.  I dislike
them for this purpose, anyway.  In general, get- functions retrieve an
internal object by a canonical name; the get- nomenclature should not
be used for a function which guesses what kind of abuse a luser has
applied to a publicly registered name.

How about `guess-coding-system-from-string' (or an abbreviation, but I
would prefer it be inconvenient to provide the guessing functionality)?

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