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

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [Emacs-diffs] master 9ce1d38: Use curved quotes in core elisp diagnostics
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:11:51 -0400

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  > > For overall ease of maintenance, I think we should discourage use of
  > > curly quotes and other non-ASCII characters in comments within Emacs
  > > sources and Emacs packages, because they are a _gratuitous_ impediment
  > > to some developers' editing the sources.  That is, they cause trouble
  > > for some, while providing no _practical_ benefit to anyone.

  > I would rephrase that instead to simply disallow non-ASCII characters in 
  > the *syntax* of Emacs comments (C and Lisp).

That is not a rephrasing.  It's a totally different position.

I'm talking about the contents of comments, not their syntax.
The syntax of Lisp and C comments is well defined
and it does not involve non-ASCII characters.

I'm sayin comments shouldn't contain any non-ASCII characters except
under special circumstances.  I gave two examples of special
circumstances that would justify non-ASCII characters.

  > If someone wants to write a 
  > comment in their native, non-English language, that is, of course, fine.

Not in the Emacs sources.  Comments in GNU packages should always be
in English.  See the GNU Coding Standards, node Comments.

Dr Richard Stallman
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