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Re: replacing characters and whacky trans-buffer conversion

From: ken
Subject: Re: replacing characters and whacky trans-buffer conversion
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2007 07:16:45 -0500
User-agent: Thunderbird 2.0pre (X11/20070214)

On 03/06/2007 11:28 AM somebody named Peter Dyballa wrote:
> Am 06.03.2007 um 16:15 schrieb ken:
>> An email comes in with this (emdash) character in it: –
> It's only an EN DASH, U+2013 (dec 8211, oct 20023). 

Looking at it, it's obvious you're right.  The author of the email used
it where an emdash should have been used instead.  I guess I shouldn't
have blindly assumed the author was correct... should have trusted my
own eyes.  Thanks for pointing that out... brings up another issue with
what I'm trying to do.

> There are only a few
> encodings that contain it:
>     CP1250
>     CP1251
>     CP1252
>     NeXT
>     Mac-Greek
>     Mac-Cyrillic
>     Mac-Roman
>     Adobe Standard Encoding
> (not complete, I presume). This character has in UTF-8 a representation
> of 0xE2 0x80 0x92, three bytes. It seems that somehow each of this three
> bytes is converted into some three byte representation. A malfunction in
> GNOME? (At least I had once such problems in Fedora Core 1.)
> Can you try to paste into an UTF-8 encoding buffer? Its mode-line should
> start with -u: (or -U: in GNU Emacs 23.0.0).

How do I open up a utf-8 buffer?  I'd much prefer to do this just for
this one time, not change my emacs configuration to do it forever.

> -- 
> Greetings
>              ~  O
>   Pete       ~~_\\_/%
>              ~  O  o

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