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Re: [groff] [patch] modernize -T ascii rendering of opening single quote

From: Tadziu Hoffmann
Subject: Re: [groff] [patch] modernize -T ascii rendering of opening single quote
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:44:09 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.9.1 (2017-09-22)

> > > ISO 646 removed the ambiguity by assigning the neutral apostrophe
> > > to 27h and the grave accent to 60h, but strictly, it isn't "ASCII."
> >
> > So why don't we leave the ascii device as it is and create a new
> > iso646 device with the proposed changes?
> Are you suggesting that iso646 becomes the new `C locale' device
> to fit that?

Not at all.  I see the "C" locale as a system administrator's
or programmer's locale.  This is the clientele that values not
losing the visual distinction between opening and closing quotes.

No, the iso646 device would be only for those users who have
to use a "modern" font with ISO 646 encoding (as opposed to
old-style ASCII with symmetric quotes) on terminals that do
not support the full Unicode.

Myself, I use fonts with symmetric quotes.  I vote for
groff's ascii (and latin1) device to continue mapping the
quotes identically from input to output.

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