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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: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:19:32 -0700
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Dmitry Gutov wrote:
On 08/20/2015 04:55 PM, Paul Eggert wrote:
e.g., for rfc2368-mailto-prequery-index:

   "Describes the portion of the url between 'mailto:' and '?'."

and it's not right to turn these into right single quotation marks:

   "Describes the portion of the url between ’mailto:’ and ’?’."

Doesn't keeping the straight quotes in the output goes against your stated goal
of improving typography in Emacs?

Although it may not be ideal, neutral quotes are adequate typography here, and are certainly better than transforming all four quotes into right single quotation marks. And although Emacs diagnostics use directed quotes to quote symbols and other code, the situation is not as clear for quoting other things so I have been conservative and have generally left these other quotes alone if they are neutral. It'd be fine with me if you were bolder and changed them to be directed.

Whenever EQM doesn't translated isolated quotes, but the user needs them,
they'll have to learn entering them the long way.

Electric Quote mode would leave the apostrophes unmodified in the above example. A user who really needs the string to contain four right single quotation marks (something that ordinarily would be inappropriate) will need to enter the characters manually, yes.

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