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Re: Emacs text bug

From: drain
Subject: Re: Emacs text bug
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:28:47 -0800 (PST)

Now I see. This problem must have started when I copied an early 19th
century letter into the buffer, and the characters did not transliterate
properly into modern English. Whatever those characters were, they turned
into circumflexed /a/ (â), the pound sign (£), and a (special) right double
quotation mark (”). utf-8 apparently cannot handle these.

But why would this prevent utf-8 from encoding the rest of the buffer? Why
not just leave those three characters mangled, and display the rest
properly? It reverted fine; it just would not stay in utf-8 unless I (1)
put the instruction at the top of the buffer or (2) deleted those special
characters. So the functionality appears to be there: Emacs just would not
accept it as a saved state (absent instruction at the top).

Somehow that buffer got stuck with a limited encoding system. I'm composing
this message right now in a "" buffer which is using utf-8-unix
-- and apparently handles those three characters fine (consequently I'm
switching the problem file from utf-8 to utf-8-unix).

Anyway, glad to get that sorted.

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