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Re: Inadequate documentation of silly characters on screen.

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Inadequate documentation of silly characters on screen.
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2009 00:30:46 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.50 (gnu/linux)

"Stephen J. Turnbull" <address@hidden> writes:

> David Kastrup writes:
>  > "Stephen J. Turnbull" <address@hidden> writes:
>  > > I meant pre-existing corruption [...]
>  > 
>  > That interpretation is not the business of the editor.
> Precisely my point.  The editor has *no* way to interpret at the point
> of encountering the invalid sequence, and therefore it should *stop*
> and ask the user what to do.  That doesn't mean it should throw away
> the data, but it sure does mean that it should not continue as though
> there is valid data in the buffer.
> Emacs is welcome to do that, but I am sure you will get bug reports
> about it.

Why would we get a bug report about Emacs saving a file changed only in
the locations that the user actually edited?

People might complain when Emacs does not recognize some encoding
properly, but they certainly will not demand that Emacs should stop
working altogether.

David Kastrup

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