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Re: Unprintable characters

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Unprintable characters
Date: Sat, 05 Jul 2014 22:19:00 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.130009 (Ma Gnus v0.9) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

John Darrington <address@hidden> skribis:

> On Sat, Jul 05, 2014 at 09:33:05PM +0200, Ludovic Court??s wrote:
>> PS: Your MUA seems to have troubles quoting non-ASCII text.
> I'm glad you raised that issue.
> I would prefer it if we could avoid the gratiutous use of non-ascii 
> characters.

Not in 2014, no.

> For  example doing a simple
>  less gnu/packages/maths.scm
> provokes the response:
>  "gnu/packages/maths.scm" may be a binary file.  See it anyway?

That’s most likely because ‘less’ isn’t invoked with a UTF-8 locale.
Try doing, say: LC_ALL=en_US.utf8 less maths.scm.

It may be the same problem that affects the MUA.

> The GNU Coding standards say:
>   "Sticking to the ASCII character set (plain text, 7-bit characters) is 
>    preferred in GNU source code comments, text documents, and other contexts, 
>    unless there is good reason to do something else because of the 
> application 
>    domain."

When I have spare time and energy for that, I’ll happily submit a
patch.  :-)

GNU standardized native language support, presumably because it makes
the freedom to use the program practical for a wider range of people.
For the same reason, time has come to say goodbye to ASCII.


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