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Re: [Help-nano] bug#30331: Neither Emacs nor Vim nor Nano handle ligatur

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: [Help-nano] bug#30331: Neither Emacs nor Vim nor Nano handle ligature literal insertion well
Date: Sat, 03 Feb 2018 10:45:12 +0200

> From: Andrew Pennebaker <address@hidden>
> Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2018 16:31:05 -0600
> I would really like convenient access to ligatures in my word processing 
> software. Unfortunately, none of the
> major text editing applications appears to handle ligatures intelligently: 
> Each of Emacs, Vim, Nano, MS Word,
> Google Drive, Libre Office, and InDesign type a dumb "ae" when the user 
> presses the a and e keyboard keys,
> whereas historically this sequence is typically rendered with the ash æ rune.

I don't see how any text-based application could do that
automatically, since there are many cases where "ae" needs to be left
as literal 2 characters.  Just a few random examples:

  (Joan) Baez

I think the right thing would be to have a special key sequence for
inserting ligatures, since the need for that is somewhat rare,
certainly more rare than the need to insert the characters literally.

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