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Re: Emacs Lisp's future

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Emacs Lisp's future
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:55:07 -0700
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Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
The file or application is truly local, provided with the OS or
     created by the user.  In that case on a well-maintained system,
     the encoding should be valid

It could easily be mixed. For example, in the Emacs source code the output of the shell command "grep -r she *" produces some text that is UTF-8 and some that is 8-bit EUC. So the shell command's output is not valid even though all its input files are valid. This type of thing is not uncommon.

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