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Re: A simple solution to "Upcoming loss of usability ..."

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: A simple solution to "Upcoming loss of usability ..."
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:34:12 -0700
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Alan Mackenzie wrote:
The main advantage is that non-working characters, the curly quotes,
would not take a central role in Emacs Lisp source code

Even with the font-lock approach, curved quotes will commonly appear on the screen and users and developers will have to deal with them, regardless of whether most of the quotes are the result of on-the-fly transformations. So this is not a real advantage over the current approach.

I have been seriously considering font-lock approaches but so far they appear to be more confusing and less reliable than the alternatives. For example, how would font-lock alter the quotes that Emacs outputs in batch diagnostics?

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