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Re: [help-texinfo] Special characters in texinfo's PO files

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: [help-texinfo] Special characters in texinfo's PO files
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2017 23:21:00 GMT

    > My question: What is the correct for special characters in texinfo's PO
    > files - to use texinfo's syntax, or to use UTF-8 (or whatever charset)?

.po files long predate Unicode and UTF-8, and I don't think gettext
supported UTF-8 well for some years after it was invented. Therefore it
does not surprise me that some po files use Texinfo syntax to represent
some characters.

    Both are correct, as far as I know.  I'm not aware that either is

FWIW, I concur with Gavin.

Also FWIW, I suggested/invented @U not for anything about .po files, but
for the case when a document contains only a few non-ASCII
characters. Such as almost all the manuals written in English. In that
case, it is far more portable to everything to keep the source in 7-bit
ASCII instead of throwing in a couple of "binary" UTF-8 bytes. (Although
many manuals don't follow this, and just blindly use
UTF-8. Whatever. I've given up trying to talk to people about it.)

For cases when a document is actually written in another language, or
otherwise needs to have lots of "special" characters, then of course it
makes sense to use UTF-8 directly.

Good luck,

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