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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: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 14:40:17 -0700
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Alan Mackenzie wrote:
Nobody having to type "Ó" on a Spanish keyboard layout
would have any trouble.

Spanish keyboards typically do not have "Ó", so your restrictive definition of "working" would say that "Ó" is trouble even on a Spanish keyboard.

On the contrary, holding down <AltGr> while typing on the numeric
keypad, successively 2, 0, 1, 8 or 2, 0, 1, 9 is laborious indeed, even
assuming that these codes have been retained in memory.  For that is
what a user with a normal keyboard layout, outside of Emacs, will be
forced to do.

The criterion cannot be that any text editor in any configuration should be able to edit Emacs source code with no trouble. That hasn't ever been true. All that's needed is that people be able to edit their source code in Emacs, with occasional use by other text editors, when properly configured. All modern text editors can handle UTF-8 text files when properly configured, so this is not a problem. I just now checked 'less' and 'vim', for example, and they work fine with UTF-8 curved quotes even on the Linux console if it's properly configured.

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