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Re: Meta-Characters, Special Characters


From: Gernot Hassenpflug
Subject: Re: Meta-Characters, Special Characters
Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 13:42:52 +0900
User-agent: Gnus/5.110006 (No Gnus v0.6) Emacs/22.0.990 (gnu/linux)

Joshua Cranmer <address@hidden> writes:

> address@hidden wrote:
>> Will wrote:
>> «a) <key> _or_ C-q <key>»
>>
>> The C-q (or, pressing the Control key down then type q) is the
>> keyboard shortcut to invoke the command quoted-insert.  It is a
>> general a way to allow you to input any non-printable characters. This
>> facility usually don't exist in other text editors. In popular text
>> editor such as Microsoft Word or Mac's Application, you usally bring
>> up a window showing all the special characters, then press a button to
>> insert the char you want.
>
> I would not go so far as to call Microsoft Word and Mac's Application
> "popular text editor [sic]"; I believe the proper term is "WYSIWYG
> word processors." Try programming in Word and then see if you would
> still claim that it is a text editor.

:-)

>> « b) C-q C-[, C-q C-m, C-q C-j, C-q C-i»
>>
>> When speaking of non-printable characters, the context is a character
>> set standard. Implicitly, we are talking about ASCII, and this applies
>
> Not technically. Implicitly, on any *NIX machine newer than, say,
> 2000, it implicitly refers to Utf-8, and Windows on English (or other
> Latin-based configuration, presumably) it would be ISO-8859-1 or
> Cp1252.

I am happy to note that Windows too stores its iinformation in UTF-8
internally, no matter what the user's settings for a particular
program may be.

-- 
BOFH excuse #340:

Well fix that in the next (upgrade, update, patch release, service pack).


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