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Re: Unicode confusables and reordering characters considered harmful, a

From: Daniel Brooks
Subject: Re: Unicode confusables and reordering characters considered harmful, a simple solution
Date: Fri, 05 Nov 2021 18:09:33 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.2 (gnu/linux)

<tomas@tuxteam.de> writes:

> On Thu, Nov 04, 2021 at 07:23:08PM -0700, Daniel Brooks wrote:
>> No other suggested feature will be useful to me. This one will. I
>> suggest to you that you do not know what all users want.
> So far, so good. Emacs is extensible for a reason. If it doesn't suit
> you, you can always extend it.
> What you can request from a maintainer is that (s)he makes your task
> easier, by providing the necessary knobs and levers.

Please don’t put words in my mouth; I did not ask him to provide
anything. I have repeatedly tried to convince him that his suggested fix
was inadequate, but offered to do the work myself. I will probably do
that work this weekend, in case anyone else wants to use it.

In fact, I seem to recall that I entered this discussion agreeing with
him that somebody should write something, but offering the suggestion
that we didn’t need to write a whole new mode since whitespace-mode is
right there and very handy. Others have made other similar suggestions,
such as the uni-confusables package from ELPA. Gregory Heytings
suggested using buffer-display-table directly, rather than going through

> [...]
>> Now I think you are being deliberately insulting. I conclude that your
>> only purpose in this conversation was to troll people or to say no to
>> any solution you didn’t think of yourself.
> But this, for my taste, at least, goes definitely too far. I think
> Eli knows much more about Emacs and bidi than most of the people
> around here taken together. He may be wrong on whatever thing (we
> all are sometimes), and convincing him is sometimes hard work, but
> accusing him of trolling is Just Wrong. IMO.

I disagree. You conveniently ommitted the part where he compared me to
the TSA. What can that be other than a troll? At least he didn’t call me
a Nazi I guess.


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