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Re: Upcoming loss of usability of Emacs source files and Emacs.

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Upcoming loss of usability of Emacs source files and Emacs.
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:55:46 -0400

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  > > I think we should aim to represent Lisp code as ASCII so it can be
  > > edited without an input method.

  > That makes sense for Lisp code itself, but not so much for strings
  > and comments that Lisp code contains.

This principle should apply to text in strings, when that text is part
of the conventions of Lisp code.  For instance, how to quote a symbol
for a doc string or an error message.

  > Years ago we started putting non-ASCII characters into 
  > Lisp strings and comments, and this has worked well.

That's a different issue.  It is good to _permit_ putting non-ASCII
characters in strings and comments, as we do; but Lisp code (including
its normal conventions) shouldn't require use of such characters.

Dr Richard Stallman
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