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Re: Emacs Lisp's future

From: Florian Weimer
Subject: Re: Emacs Lisp's future
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:50:21 +0200

* Mark H. Weaver:

> David Kastrup <address@hidden> writes:
>> You cannot successfully cater for clueless application programmers.
> It is not "clueless" to expect a UTF-8 encoder to produce valid UTF-8.

It doesn't work all that well in practice on systems (like GNU) which
are not predominantly Unicode-based.  Dealing gracefully with invalid
UTF-8 sometimes means producing invalid UTF-8.

For example, a backup program needs to be able to save and restore
files whose name is not encoded in UTF-8.

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