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Re: ASCII-only startup message?

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: ASCII-only startup message?
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2015 01:37:20 -0800
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Drew Adams wrote:
Emacs should
(continue to) use U+0027 (ASCII apostrophe) as apostrophe (in its
own doc

The Emacs source code largely does that already, so I assume you’re talking about how the documentation is presented to the user. It would be a nontrivial project to change Emacs in the way you suggest, as many of the punctuation apostrophes are in *info* buffers and are generated by Texinfo, which has taken the Unicode approach for consistency with longstanding English typographic conventions. Traditionally there is no textual distinction between punctuation apostrophes and right single quotation marks, just as there is no textual distinction between (say) parenthetical and redactive dashes, even though in both cases there are large semantic differences. English can be a messy language, but there it is.

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