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Re: ASCII-only startup message?

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: ASCII-only startup message?
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 2016 00:14:46 -0800
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John Wiegley wrote:
What is "shiny and new" can
sometimes be quite meretricious, and is not realized as such until after the
excitement has passed.

Quite true. Conversely, I can remember folks telling me that plain '\n' as a line terminator was a newfangled idea and probably wouldn’t catch on. The good old days!

For what it’s worth here are Emacs’s opinions of the encodings for the files in emacs-25. It has 453 UTF-8 files, and 37 files with some other text encoding that is not ASCII.

 #files encoding                example file

   1546 undecided-unix          INSTALL
   1394 prefer-utf-8-unix       lisp/abbrev.el
    444 utf-8-unix              INSTALL.REPO
    279 no-conversion           etc/images/undo.pbm
     14 iso-2022-7bit-unix      etc/HELLO
      9 chinese-big5-unix       leim/CXTERM-DIC/ZOZY.tit
      8 undecided-dos           nt/configure.bat
      7 chinese-iso-8bit-unix   CXTERM-DIC/QJ.tit
      7 utf-8-emacs-unix        lisp/language/tibetan.el
      2 utf-8-dos               test/etags/html-src/algrthms.html
      1 chinese-big5-dos        leim/MISC-DIC/cangjie-table.b5
      1 chinese-iso-8bit-dos    leim/MISC-DIC/pinyin.map
      1 cp850-unix              src/msdos.c
      1 iso-2022-cn-ext-dos     leim/MISC-DIC/cangjie-table.cns
      1 iso-2022-jp-unix        etc/tutorials/TUTORIAL.ja
      1 japanese-iso-8bit-unix  leim/SKK-DIC/SKK-JISYO.L
      1 japanese-shift-jis-unix admin/charsets/mapfiles/cns2ucsdkw.txt

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