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Re: poor additions in quail/latin-ltx

From: Dave Love
Subject: Re: poor additions in quail/latin-ltx
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2005 23:48:44 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/21.3 (gnu/linux)

Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

> I am in favor of implement multilingual menus, and have been
> wanting this for years.  So I really appreciate the work that
> has been done.

To be clear: only the GTK menus (and possibly Motif) are multilingual
(to the extent they support complex text, the fonts are available, and
Emacs can do the conversion to utf-8).  That's what I made work on
GTK.  It may also work (or could simply be made to work) under Windows
-- I don't know.  What the Lucid ones do is restricted at least by the

> When the Emacs implementation of multilingual menus gets good enough,
> at some point we might start putting some into Emacs.

I don't understand what isn't good enough about the GTK menus for this
now that most Emacs characters can be encoded in utf-8.  The current
GTK even does BIDI, as I noticed from using a Hebrew character rather
than a symbol character in one case.  The text menu(TMM) is obviously
as good as you'll get for display.

(If you could extract the rendering of a buffer, or part of it, into a
pixmap, presumably you could display the pixmap in menu panes instead
of a text string to give toolkit-independent display as long as you
don't care about the font matching a toolkit theme.)

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