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

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Upcoming loss of usability of Emacs source files and Emacs.
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:25:41 -0700
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Richard Stallman wrote:
The full conventions for doc strings are definitely not
part of the rudiments.

True, but quoting is pretty elementary. Most doc strings use it, I daresay. For example, the doc strings for ‘car’, ‘cdr’, and ‘length’ all use quoting. These are the sorts of doc strings that new users are likely to see.

I agree with you, by the way, that the improvement due to using curved quotes is not a large one. Emacs's use of an obsolescent quoting style is merely a constant minor annoyance, and it's obviously something that we can work around when we teach Emacs to students -- we can even give them a little history lesson as we go. It's just one minor way that Emacs appears old-fashioned. Obviously there are other, bigger ways, but I'm working on this one primarily because I finally got annoyed enough with it enough to invest the time to fix it, and because it's a minor task that I can tackle a bit at a time.

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