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Re: evaluating numbers

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: evaluating numbers
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:10:02 -0800
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On 11/14/19 6:10 AM, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
     232 (#o350, #xe8, LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH GRAVE)
     1114109 (#o4177775, #x10fffd, <Plane 16 Private Use>)
I don't think this is less confusing, and I'm not really interested in
opening that old debate again.  The train has left the station, so
people who are unhappy with the current defaults should customize the
option we provided back then.

Although I agree this topic has been discussed a lot, I wouldn't be so hasty to reject Yuri's suggestion. I don't see how to customize Emacs so that eval-expression outputs a string like "232 (#o350, #xe8, LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH GRAVE)". The behavior that Yuri's suggesting would be more convenient to me than what Emacs currently does, as I often deal with characters where it's more important to know the character's name than what it looks like. I don't see the harm of adding this feature to eval-expression by default, or at least as an option.

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