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Re: Emacs Lisp's future

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Emacs Lisp's future
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 23:09:54 -0400

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    >     What will Emacs do, under this proposal, if the user is asked whether
    >     to keep the original raw bytes and answers NO?
    > Abort the operation, I suppose.

    It's going to be a wagonload of fun if I do

    emacsclient `git grep -l some-pattern`

    in order to edit 30 files and Emacs decides to abort and/or ask each
    time a comment contains a stray latin-1 character.

I presume not many of these files will have raw bytes in them
if they are in a system that is being properly maintained.

But it occurs to me that there could be another option to offer users
on such occasions: to convert the raw bytes to Unicode characters
assuming that they were meant to be Latin-N (the user can pick the N).

Dr Richard Stallman
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