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Re: ASCII-only startup message?

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: ASCII-only startup message?
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2015 10:45:23 -0800
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Eli Zaretskii wrote:
That text is a comment we insert into *scratch*; it's not a doc

Sure, but the same considerations apply to it that would apply to any text in commentary and documentation. The text should use good English style.

We shouldn't
produce non-ASCII characters in comments, it's a user prerogative.

This is Emacs's comment, one that Emacs creates and inserts, so user prerogative does not apply here.

The adverse effect of inserting non-ASCII characters shows when your
locale's codeset is not UTF-8: if you want to save that buffer or any
part of it that includes this comment, you get annoyed by the request
to specify a suitable encoding (because*scratch*  correctly starts
with the locale's default encoding).

This sort of thing is far more likely to happen with *Help* and *Info* buffers than with the *scratch* buffer. If it is a problem, it needs to be fixed in general, so that any far-more-likely scenario is fixed. Changing the startup string is likely to paper over any real problem, and so is counterproductive.

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