On 27 Oct 2006, stephen(a)xemacs.org verbalised:
Actually, you can get quite far with display without MULE. IIRC,
historically that's why Gnus does things this way. Consider that X11
doesn't know any differences among ISO Latin-1, ISO Latin-9 (hardly
surprising to humans), and ISO Arabic (astonishing to most humans).
Just change the registry of the font for the default face from
iso8859-1 to iso8859-15 to iso8859-6 as you have need for the ancient
currency symbol (aka the "horny bullet"), the Euro, or the language of
Well, you have to be able to determine what fonts to use, i.e., what
encoding things are likely in. (But file-coding mode can do that on its
own, at least for a subset of encodings.)
It's multilingual input and handling files in different character
*simultaneously* where MULE (or something like it) becomes essential.
Oh yes. Of course anyone who speaks several not-closely-related
languages eventually has to deal with *that* snake-pit, and except for
the Emacsen most software is *bad* at it. (But you'd know that much
better than I.)
> OK. I can provide my 14 local patches, too (some already
present in 21.4
> but I didn't port them forward because I'm a moron).
Day job etc keeping you busy, eh? :-) Yes, please do.
Coming up (well, probably fewer than 14: I can remember that a few were
rejected and won't re-post those.)
`When we are born we have plenty of Hydrogen but as we age our
Hydrogen pool becomes depleted.'
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