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Re: [Emacs-diffs] master b533552 2/5: Documentation fixes re quotes

From: Dmitry Gutov
Subject: Re: [Emacs-diffs] master b533552 2/5: Documentation fixes re quotes
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 21:49:20 +0300
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On 09/03/2015 08:42 PM, Paul Eggert wrote:

They’re both.  They’re markup that typically stand for themselves when

You can just as well call the letters of the alphabet "markup that stands for itself". Or, less contrivedly, programming language keywords or words with typos (which flyspell will highlight).

generating text, and that’s a win over markup that doesn’t do that.

Not at all. It's more error prone:

If the programmer types `foo`, they can look at the output and see that the quotes were not recognized as a matching pair (don't render as expected).

If the programmer types ‘foo‘, they can easily miss the non-matching quotes if they expect the output to look the same as input. Everyone who configured Emacs to render quotes differently will bear the pain of that mistake, but not the author.

It’s like Markdown’s syntax for URLs: you just type http://example.com
and it just works.  (Emacs docstrings would do well to support that idea
too, but I’m digressing....)

It's no syntax, just auto-linkification in the renderer. And it's notoriously error-prone; the types of URLs that get broken during auto-linkification change from program to program.

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