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Re: Unibyte characters

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Unibyte characters
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 17:15:40 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

>> IIUC, this part of the manual dates back to the introduction of Mule,
>> when many people were using Emacs in unibyte mode.
> Yes.
>> Nowadays unibyte mode is not recommended
> I agree, but I was talking about the ELisp manual; Lisp programmers do
> need to know about unibyte buffers and strings, even if users are
> discouraged from using the unibyte mode.

Right, but for Elisp, we should make it even more clear that unibyte
buffers contain only bytes and not chars and that those buffers should
basically never be displayed, other than for debugging ;-)


PS: Of course, editing binary files is also useful sometimes.

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