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

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: Upcoming loss of usability of Emacs source files and Emacs.
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:40:01 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

Hello, Tassilo.

On Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 10:15:48AM +0200, Tassilo Horn wrote:
> Daniel Colascione <address@hidden> writes:

> >> And there are ways of adapting: convenient input methods for typing
> >> the characters, replacements for displaying them on terminals that
> >> cannot show the originals

> > Can we make " match fancy quotes in isearch?

> And ditto for ` and ' which I guess should also match ‘ and ’,
> respectively.  That's the downside of having two alternatives for
> marking symbols in comments and docstrings.

Indeed.  With such a change to isearch, Emacs takes one more step from
being a sharp tool to being a blunt instrument.

> And of course one wants that convenience also with search-forward,
> query-replace, grep, rgrep, occur, swiper, ag (3rd party), swiper (3rd
> party), ...

Don't forget that Emacs is used for things other than developing Elisp
programs.  Such an identification of disparate characters is not going
to be universally welcome, and will cause confusion.

> Bye,
> Tassilo

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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