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Re: [Emacs-diffs] master 9ce1d38: Use curved quotes in core elisp diagno

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [Emacs-diffs] master 9ce1d38: Use curved quotes in core elisp diagnostics
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2015 22:20:00 -0700
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Richard Stallman wrote:
what benefit is there in putting
any real curly quotes into those doc strings?

Format strings are easier to read and use, particularly by novices, if characters typically stand for themselves. For example, typical Emacs users who type ‘C-h f length RET’ will see text with curved quotes like this in their *Help* buffers:

  ... To get the number of bytes, use ‘string-bytes’. ...

Users can cut this text from *Help* and paste it directly into their source code's doc strings; this is simpler than having to change those quotation marks to be grave accent and apostrophe.

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