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

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: [Emacs-diffs] master 9ce1d38: Use curved quotes in core elisp diagnostics
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:39:21 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

Hello again, Paul.

On Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 07:55:34PM -0700, Paul Eggert wrote:
> Alan Mackenzie wrote:
> > What I object to is_non-working_  characters - characters which appear
> > on nobody's keyboard (see Bastien's question about typing curly quotes)
> > and are problematic to display (See Eli's recent post, for example).

> As for the philosophical issue, I'm afraid we'll just have to disagree.

Sorry, you've lost me.  Which philosophical issue would that be?

> In my experience, hackers prefer to scratch the itches they feel
> personally.  Discouraging non-ASCII characters even in relatively
> innocuous contexts like doc strings and diagnostics is connected to
> putting off the task of making it easier to edit text with these
> characters.

Again, you're conflating the two different issues of non-ascii characters
and non-working characters.  These issues are separate, and don't
influence eachother.  Imposing the non-working characters left and right
curly quotes on Emacs hackers will surely make no difference as to how
easy or difficult it is to edit Russian, or Greek, or Japanese or Korean
in Emacs.  Or am I missing something?

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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