>>>> "Ville" == Ville Skytt <Ville>
Ville> Hmm, this is a Mule package, right? We'd need a
Ville> mule-packages/fsf-compat-mule or something.
Not necessarily. A Mule package is one that contains constructs that
harm a non-mule XEmacs just by loading them. Non-ISO-8859-1
characters, for example. However, with no eval-when-compile
constructs and with the call to -enable deleted, this should be OK;
there's no way to get any of those functions called unless the user
does something like
M-: (coding-cookie-whip-me-beat-me-stomp-me-with-your-high-heels-ooh :-).
Ville> ...and there's already some support for them in core and
Ville> latin-unity. I feel uncomfortable about scattering
Ville> supposedly "broken" functionality around.
Well, as Ilya points out in the .texi, this is a difference of
opinion. I'm not going to introduce the functionality he wants in
21.4, and not in 21.5 any time soon. We really need a "cookie"
facility that recognizes usages that are enforced by standards, where
the relevant packages can push a recognizer (eg, a function or regexp)
on a list. Then python-mode can push "-\*-.*coding: \(\s_*\)", and
psgml "<meta http-equiv=\"content-type\"
etc on that list, and be confident they'll work because they are
enforced by the language standard.
What I object to is random hand-maintained cookies hiding in comments.
But there really is a lot of demand for this among a certain class of
users, especially Japanese and Russians. Those users don't have
anything reliable: EUC-JP, Shift JIS, and KOI8 (and Big 5, but we
don't seem to have so many Taiwanese users) are for better or worse
quasi-national standards, and they're not reliably distinguishable
from international standard encodings also in common use by any of our
usual tricks. There's some hope for 21.5 with Ben's new detection
As a maintainer, I'm not particularly happy, but we need to support
our users. Just tag it like RMail. "New and obsolete; if you don't
know, you don't need it; if you aren't using it, don't start." :-)
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