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Re:Unicode works with emacs23 + latest emacspeak



Hi John,

glad to hear your problems are fixed. Generally, once a new version of
emacs is released, it is always better to run it with the latest release of
emacspeak. I quite like being close to the bleeding edge, so I've been
running emacs 23 since it was in early beta (a couple of years now). 

With respect to the latest version of ubuntu, I don't know if it is part of
the distribution, but as its in debian unstable and as I beleive ubuntu
uses debian unstable as the starting point for new releases, I suspect it
will be included. I am in the process of setting up a new ubuntu box and
plan to upgrade it to the latest version and will know more then. Even if
its not in the latest ubuntu, there will be a PPA for it, so at the very
least, you can get it by adding the PPA to the sources.list file. I also
beleive the latest ubuntu has made adding PPAs a lot easier.

Tim


John Morgan writes:
 > Tim and Jason,
 > I took your advice and installed emacs23 from a ppa.  I also upped emacspeak
 > via svn.  Voila, Arabic multibyte utf-8 encoded characters are being spoken.
 > The problems I was having with storing and retrieving text with registers
 > are also gone.
 > 
 > Are both of you running emacs23?   I seem to have been experiencing a lot of
 > problems with emacs22, I wonder if it should be recommended to run the
 > latest versions of emacspeak with emacs23.
 > 
 > When it comes time to upgrade to the new version of ubuntu (in 2 weeks), can
 > this be done with apt?
 > 
 > Thanks again, congratulations to Raman,
 > John
 > 
 > -----Original Message-----
 > From: Tim Cross [mailto:tcross@rapttech.com.au] 
 > Sent: Friday, October 16, 2009 2:34 AM
 > To: Jason White
 > Cc: emacspeak@cs.vassar.edu
 > Subject: Re: unicode editing
 > 
 > 
 > Jason is correct. You should not mix packages i.e. do not install a debian
 > package on a ubuntu box and vice versa. While the two distributions are very
 > similar, they do differ in places and the way things are layed out in the
 > file system. Mixing the two will sometimes work and will sometimes introduce
 > difficult to track down and fix errors and sometimes will just break things.
 > 
 > 
 > I doubt the existing 'stable' release of ubuntu has emacs 23 as it was (I
 > think) released before emacs 23 was. However, the new ubuntu version due
 > this month will probably have emacs 23 in it. So, if your running current
 > ubuntu, your best bet is add the PPA for emacs 23 and install from there or
 > wait a week or so for the new version and upgrade to it and install from
 > there. 
 > 
 > Tim
 > 
 > P.S. I've not checked unicode stuff yet. I'm in the middle of migrating
 > systems. Will let you know on Sunday. However, given the changes brought in
 > by emacs 23, I would suggest that is still the best place to start. If it
 > still doesn't work, we can then try to determine why not and what may need
 > tweaking in emacspeak. If it doesn't work in emacs 22, it is likely to be
 > difficult to get a fix as emacspeak is likely to be focused on emacs 23
 > rather than emacs 22 since emacs 23 is the current stable version of emacs
 > and making changes to fix a problem in emacs 22 will likely cause issues
 > with emacs 23. Handling of unicode in pre-emacs 23 is completely different
 > from emacs 22 - this is one of the major changes between the versions. As I
 > understand it, this aspect of emacs was almost completely refactored between
 > the versions. Changing emacspeak to support both the old handling and the
 > new is likely to introduce more problems than it fixes and as there are
 > limited resources, it is unlikely Raman would be agreeable to mods that
 > complicate the code base for the sake of an old emacs version. (this is just
 > my assessment, Raman may have a different view and I don't mean to speak for
 > him - I may be completely wrong)
 > 
 > Tim
 > 
 > Jason White writes:
 >  > John Morgan <surubi@verizon.net> wrote:
 >  > > I'm considering going to emacs23.  Can I use apt-get to install the
 > debian  > > package from the unstable archives on ubuntu?
 >  >
 >  > Possibly, but I've read elsewhere that mixing Debian and Ubuntu packages
 > is  > not recommended.
 >  >
 >  > Surely there is a Ubuntu package by now.
 >  >
 >  > Unicode handling was reworked for Emacs 23, so whatever you're
 > experiencing  > under an earlier version is probably not relevant.
 >  >
 >  >
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 > Tim Cross
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