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Re: Input of XML documents (input of unicode)

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Input of XML documents (input of unicode)
Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2002 10:35:02 +0300

> From: Torsten Bronger <>
> Newsgroups:
> Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2002 01:49:14 +0200
> > Generally, opening files in a certain encoding does not change your
> > keyboard layout. So to tell Emacs that keyboard input is in UTF-8,
> > you should use set-keyboard-coding-system.  I have not tried this
> > myself, so there may be other limitations that prevent this from
> > working.
> Unfortunately they do.  I see the Greek theta, because it was
> in the file before I opened it, but when I do what you suggest
> and type C-q 1 7 2 1: 'Invalid Character'.

1721 is not the code of the Greek theta in the Emacs encoding, that's
why it fails.  Try this instead:

    M-: (insert (decode-char 'ucs #x3b8)) RET

Please read the entry in the file etc/PROBLEMS named "Problems when
using Emacs with UTF-8 locales", perhaps the advice there will help

> Why is my keyboard layout important here?

Because Emacs should know how to interpret each code sent by your
keyboard.  If there's a mismatch between what the keyboard sends and
what Emacs knows about that, you will get gibberish in your buffer.

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