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Re: Q: text-quoting-style -- is its value a string or a symbol?

From: T.V Raman
Subject: Re: Q: text-quoting-style -- is its value a string or a symbol?
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:10:07 -0800

p.S. Re the asymmetry thought:

I was pointing out that if the reader was to  derive the fact that it
is a symbol from looking at how the quotes are displayed, then we need
to be symmetric in how we display a symbol value --- at least in the
case of this particular variable which is already pretty nuanced with
respect to what it does.

Your having fixed the original issue by adding "it's value is a
symbol" fixes things for me, so the symmetry/asymmetry is a nit at
this point.

Paul Eggert writes:
 > On 11/24/2015 03:38 PM, T.V Raman wrote:
 > > I'll attach the*help*  buffer text as it shows in my running Emacs-25
 > > session so we are all talking of the same thing.
 > The current emacs-25 should show a slightly different help buffer. 
 > Assuming your (setq text-quoting-style 'grave), the help buffer should 
 > look like this:
 > text-quoting-style is a variable defined in `C source code'.
 > Its value is grave
 > Documentation:
 > Style to use for single quotes in help and messages.
 > Its value should be a symbol.
 > `curve' means quote with curved single quotes ‘like this’.
 > `straight' means quote with straight apostrophes 'like this'.
 > `grave' means quote with grave accent and apostrophe `like this'.
 > The default value nil acts like `curve' if curved single quotes are
 > displayable, and like `grave' otherwise.
 > [back]
 > I didn't quite follow your email, but are you suggesting that the second 
 > line should look like this instead?
 > Its value is `grave'
 > and that would suffice to fix the problem that you see?  If so, this 
 > should be easy to arrange.



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