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Re: [address@hidden: Suggestions to GNU Standards]

From: Joseph Myers
Subject: Re: [address@hidden: Suggestions to GNU Standards]
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2020 18:01:19 +0000
User-agent: Alpine 2.21 (DEB 202 2017-01-01)

On Wed, 19 Feb 2020, Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:

>    What do people think of these ideas?
> Under `Character Set', I would be against it.  Comments, and other
> such text, is much better suited if it is ASCII.  What would be the
> actual usage? The prefered language is English, and that is purley
> ASCII, _if_ there is a need to explicitly use some non-ASCII char. we
> already recommend UTF-8.

There is one specific case where use of ASCII is desirable even if UTF-8 
is otherwise being used: in installed headers that users might include 
from their own source files.  The GCC -finput-charset option applies to 
all headers read (there's no good way to distinguish, in general, headers 
that are part of the package being compiled from headers from other 
packages), and installed headers should be ASCII so they work when 
included in a source file compiled with -finput-charset= naming any 
ASCII-compatible character set.

Joseph S. Myers

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