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Re: text-quoting-style

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: text-quoting-style
Date: Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:46:49 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Paul Eggert <address@hidden> writes:

> On 08/31/2015 01:13 PM, Alan Mackenzie wrote:
>> On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 11:29:27PM -0700, Paul Eggert wrote:
>>> (1) is fixed by using display tables to display curved quotes in grave 
>>> style.
>>> (This has already been implemented and no change should be needed here.)
>> No good.  Having different characters displayed from what's in the
>> buffer is a recipe for confusion, frustration, and anger.
> It's what Emacs does now, and it works well enough.  And the basic
> idea isn't a new principle: Emacs has done it for decades for many
> ASCII characters, e.g., HT.  So it is not a problem in practice.

HT works fine for copy&paste&search&replace.  But characters like ’ and
‘ don't magically turn back into ' and ` if you try pasting them into
some source code or want to search for them.  If we were talking about
display table hacks and/or the display text property, this might become
the case.

But at the current point of time, the conversion of ` and ' into ‘ and ’
is much more sticky than the expansion of tabs to spaces which is a mere
display feature.

Reaching a technical consensus is not feasible as long as people keep
twisting the facts since obviously people with a different desired
outcome will twist them into different directions.

David Kastrup

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