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Re: bidi-display-reordering is now non-nil by default

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: bidi-display-reordering is now non-nil by default
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 09:22:41 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>> > When you type "C-x C-s", Emacs clearly shows the characters that
>> > cannot be encoded as Latin-1.
>> As you said yourself, users should not need to know about the details of
>> how bidi works.  So we can't assume that they know what left-to-right
>> marks are, so they can't know whether the characters that Emacs is
>> complaining about are important to keep.
> I sometimes get prompted to choose a different encoding when I send
> email responses to mail that looked pure ASCII.  I'm presented with a
> buffer that points to a character that doesn't look "foreign" at all.
> If I care to investigate, it turns out that character was an em-dash
> or fancy quotes, that just looked "normal" due to the font.  Am I
> confused?  No.  I just select the encoding, usually the one suggested
> by Emacs as the default, and that's it.
> IOW, I see no issue here.  But since people make a lot of fuss out of
> it, feel free to invent all kinds of weird functions to save them from
> themselves.

And AFAIK that only affects Rmail users.  Other MUAs will just happily
choose another encoding (typically utf-8) for you.


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