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Re: char equivalence classes in search - why not symmetric?

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: char equivalence classes in search - why not symmetric?
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2015 06:28:40 -0400

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  > Yes, that is the difference in our views.  Sure, "with one character",
  > but the flip side is that if you happen to have é in your search string,
  > however it got there (e.g. by pasting), then with your preferred behavior
  > you *cannot* use your search string to search for "any kind of e".

You are right, for what I originally proposed.  It would be like the
current situation with case folding, that you can't paste in a search
string with capital letters and search for it in a case-independent way.

However, in the case of case folding, we solve that by downcasing
text when pasting it into search strings.  We could de-accent strings
too when pasting them.

Dr Richard Stallman
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