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Re: Emacs Lisp's future

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Emacs Lisp's future
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:15:26 -0400

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    > They don't HAVE to be treated the same.  We are talking about changes,
    > here.

    They will be very deep and invasive changes, because currently the
    encoding/decoding routines don't know the purpose of the stuff they
    are producing.

No, it's just a matter of setting some parameter to specify a particular
decision in decoding or encoding behavior.

    > But changes may not be needed.  All operations that do encoding or
    > decoding allow explicit specification of the coding system.

    Of course, they do.  But the issue at hand is precisely whether it is
    the application's responsibility to explicitly specify conversions
    that will be strict wrt invalid byte sequences, or should Emacs do
    that by default.


It will be easy to specify one or the other, so why not make the default
be strict, except in the primitives that operate on files?

Dr Richard Stallman
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