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Re: Disambiguate modeline character for UTF-8?

From: Ulrich Mueller
Subject: Re: Disambiguate modeline character for UTF-8?
Date: Fri, 07 Jul 2023 15:01:01 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.2 (gnu/linux)

>>>>> On Fri, 07 Jul 2023, Po Lu wrote:

>> Sorry, poor choice of wording. What I meant was that when users
>> encounter a rare case like UTF-7 (or any of the others you just
>> mentioned), then they should get an indication of the fact.

> Just to encourage them to convert those files into another ``common''
> coding system?

No, to make them aware that the the encoding is something other that
UTF-8. And yes, I do want to know if the file that I'm about to save can
be used as input for the next program (e.g. a compiler or a web server).

> Emacs should stay impartial on such matters, and I can't think of any
> other purpose for specifically indicating that a rarely encountered
> coding system is being used.

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