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Re: windows-1251 language environment

From: Dave Love
Subject: Re: windows-1251 language environment
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2003 17:10:28 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.1003 (Gnus v5.10.3) Emacs/21.2 (gnu/linux)

Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

> 1. You specify the locale with an envvar.  Emacs must provide
> a way to do it with commands or user options.

I'm not disagreeing.  (I actually thought `set-locale-environment' was
interactive, but I see it isn't.)

> 2. It is ok to have a command or user option whose argument or value
> is a locale name.  But there should also be a command or user option
> where you specify just the language, and other things default from
> that to the extent possible.  And that's what should be in the menus.

The trouble with `language' environments is that they have little to
do with the language per se.  If you're not going by system defaults
(locales), I think you want to provide orthogonal customization of
language, codeset, and other features.  If you lump them all together,
you'll have probably four for each Western European language: latin-1,
latin-9, windows-1252 and utf-8.  Then multiply by two or three for
the possible input methods.  Then the calendar is different in
territories with the same language...

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