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Re: Display of characters #xa0 and #xad in unibyte buffers

From: Ulrich Mueller
Subject: Re: Display of characters #xa0 and #xad in unibyte buffers
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2009 11:00:03 +0200

>>>>> On Fri, 25 Sep 2009, Eli Zaretskii wrote:

>> $ emacs -Q
>> M-x toggle-enable-multibyte-characters RET C-q 240 RET C-q 255 RET
>> The characters are displayed as "_-" (approximately).
>> Shouldn't they be displayed as "\240\255", considering that these are
>> raw bytes with no specific meaning?

> There are no ``raw bytes'' in a unibyte buffer.  Every byte there is
> interpreted as a character, and shown as such.  This is the main
> feature of unibyte buffers; otherwise, who'd want them?

Different question then: Why are all other characters in the range from
#x80 to #xff shown in the backslash-escaped notation, #xa0 and #xad
being the only exceptions?


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