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Re: unicode in emacs 21

From: Dave Love
Subject: Re: unicode in emacs 21
Date: 28 Oct 2001 17:17:12 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.0.107

>>>>> "EZ" == Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

 EZ> The problem is that characters are still not unified in Emacs 21.

A package was contributed to do that for ISO 8859 characters.  It's
been posted to gnu.emacs.sources, so that shouldn't be an issue for
anyone who's bothered by it.

 EZ> So we have two versions of Cyrillic characters, two versions of
 EZ> Greek characters, two versions of Hebrew characters, etc.:  one
 EZ> version in the new Unicode set, the other version in the old Mule
 EZ> set.

There are more than two, at least for Greek and Cyrillic.  Those in
the Far Eastern charsets could be unified too if anyone cared.  This
issue clearly doesn't apply only to the Unicode charsets, and, as a
user, I don't think it's much of a problem in practice.

 EZ> What can I say except ``volunteers are welcome...'' etc.?  I can't 
 EZ> believe no one wants Unicode badly enough to work on its support in 
 EZ> Emacs, but what do I do with facts which fly in my face?

That view is unfair to the people who have done lots of work, himi in
particular.  `Working on Unicode support' in my book isn't restricted
to implementing an apparently-unnecessary, disruptive, incompatible
change to the internal encoding, even if it's what one wants ideally.

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