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Re: GNUlib unicode encoding causes smart quotes to be displayed in progr

From: Tim Rühsen
Subject: Re: GNUlib unicode encoding causes smart quotes to be displayed in program's output
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2019 18:07:47 +0100
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On 12/5/19 4:12 PM, Wes Hurd wrote:
> Hi,
> It seems GNUlib quote encoding goes to Unicode smart quotes, which causes
> command-line program output to be in smart quotes.
> Smart quotes are dangerous for programmers and technical users, and should
> be avoided in program output.
> Originally noticed with wget -
> https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/index.php?57356#comment1
> Can you change it to use only regular typed " quotes , at least with STDOUT
> / STDERR ?

All the GNU tools support localization. And there seems to be some kind
of inconsistency.

$ LANGUAGE=de cp
cp: Fehlender Dateioperand
„cp --help“ liefert weitere Informationen.

$ LANGUAGE=de wget
wget: URL fehlt
Aufruf: wget [OPTION]... [URL] …

»wget --help« gibt weitere Informationen.

Which one is correct ?

Maybe someone here can bring light into this or give us a pointer where
to get clarification.

Wes, maybe you can elaborate why you think that smart quotes are
*dangerous* ?

Regards, Tim

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