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Re: Loading souce Elisp faster

From: Achim Gratz
Subject: Re: Loading souce Elisp faster
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 08:24:27 +0100
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Stefan Monnier writes:
> For source files in utf-8 encoding this does not need to be the case: we
> could load them without going through load-with-code-conversion.
> And given that utf-8 should be the standard encoding for Elisp files
> (if not quite now, surely in some not too distant future), this is an
> important case.
> So basically, all we need to do is to be able to easily recognize "Elisp
> source in utf-8 encoding".  One way to do that would be to use
> a BOM-like marker, e.g. start utf-8 Elisp files with "\ufeff" either at
> the very beginning of the file or right after a semi-colon (for better
> backward compatibility).

There's always the option to introduce a new suffix ".el8" to indicate
that the file _must_ be UTF-8, which saves you the bother of checking.

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