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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 17:17:15 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

Hello, Paul.

On Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 09:45:38AM -0700, Paul Eggert wrote:
> Alan Mackenzie wrote:
> > Sorry, you've lost me.  Which philosophical issue would that be?

> It's illustrated by your next comment:

> > you're conflating the two different issues of non-ascii characters
> > and non-working characters.

> We disagree about this.  They're not orthogonal issues.  They're so closely 
> related that they're almost the same issue.

Well, as I said, I edit texts with non-ascii characters frequently, and
don't experience any particular difficulty with them.  Having to type in
a decimal/hex code for a non-working character (or, even worse, having
to look up an input method for it) just stops me in my tracks.  An
example is when I reply to Óscar, "Ó" being outside my working character

> Emacs currently makes it harder to deal with non-ASCII and/or
> non-working characters than it could.

Could you give an example of this (pertaining, preferably, to non-ascii
working characters)?  Thinking about it, maybe having to use Latin keys
in lots of bindings when ones keyboard's preferred layout is non-Latin
could be quite tiresome.  But I've never seen anybody complaining about

> Restricting our source code to ASCII and/or working characters has
> helped us put our heads in the sand about the problem.

Whatever problem that might be, the solution surely cannot be
artificially to inflict it on ourselves.

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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