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If you are ready to start working on any of these TODO items, we
appreciate your help; please write to emacs-devel@gnu.org so we can be
aware that the problem is being addressed, and talk with you how to do
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it best.  Since Emacs is an FSF-copyrighted package, please be
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prepared to sign legal papers to transfer the copyright on your work
to the FSF.

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* Small but important fixes needed in existing features:
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** Fix the kill/yank treatment of invisible text.  At the moment,
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  invisible text is placed in the kill-ring, so that the contents of
  the ring may not correspond to the text as displayed to the user. It
  ought to be possible to omit text which is invisible (due to a
  text-property, overlay, or selective display) from the kill-ring.

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** Change the way define-minor-mode handles autoloading.
  It should not generate :require.  Or :require in defcustom
  should not be recorded in the user's custom-set-variables call.

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** The buttons at the top of a custom buffer should not omit
  variables whose values are currently hidden.

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* Important features:
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** Provide user-friendly ways to list all available font families,
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  display a font as a sample, etc.  [fx is looking at multilingual
  font selection for Emacs 22.]
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** Program Enriched mode to read and save in RTF.  [Is there actually a
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  decent single definition of RTF?  Maybe see info at
  http://latex2rtf.sourceforge.net/.]
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** Implement something better than the current Refill mode.  This
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  probably needs some primitive support.

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** Implement primitive and higher-level functions to allow filling
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  properly with variable-pitch faces.

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** Implement a smoother vertical scroll facility, one that allows
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  C-v to scroll through a tall image.  The primitive operations
  posn-at-point and posn-at-x-y should now make it doable in elisp.
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** Implement intelligent search/replace, going beyond query-replace
  (see http://graphics.csail.mit.edu/~rcm/chi04.pdf).

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** Implement other text formatting properties.
*** Footnotes that can appear either in place or at the end of the page.
*** text property that says "don't break line in middle of this".
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   Don't break the line between two characters that have the
   same value of this property.
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*** Discretionary hyphens that are not visible when they are at end of line.
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** Make movemail work with IMAP.
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** Internationalize Emacs's messages.  [Note that this is of limited
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  use until the menus can display multilingual text.  It also doesn't
  address important issues like using the names of symbols essentially
  as documentation, e.g. in command names and Custom.  -- fx]
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** Make the Lucid menu widget display multilingual text.  [This
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  probably needs to be done from actual Emacs buffers, either directly
  in the menu or by rendering in an unmapped window and copying the
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  pixels.  The current code assumes a specific locale; that isn't good
  enough even if X can render the arbitrary text] [The gtk
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  port now displays multilingual text in menus, but only insofar as
  Emacs can encode it as utf-8 and gtk can display the result.]
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  Maybe making Lucid menus work like Gtk's (i.e. just force utf-8) is good
  enough now that Emacs can encode most chars into utf-8.
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** Remove the limitation that window and frame widths and heights can
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  be only full columns/lines.

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* Other features we would like:

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** A function to check for customizable options that have been
  set but not saved, and ask the user whether to save them.
  This could go in kill-emacs-query-functions, to remind people
  to save their changes. If the user says yes, show them
  in a Custom buffer using customize-customized.

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** Emacs Lisp mode could put an overlay on the defun for every
  function that has advice.  The overlay could have `after-text' like "
  [Function has advice]".  It might look like
     (defun foo [Function has advice] (x y) 
  The overlay could also be a button that you could use to view the advice.

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** ange-ftp
*** understand sftp
*** Use MLS for ange-ftp-insert-directory if a list of files is specified.

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** Ability to map a key, including all modified-combinations.
   E.g map mouse-4 to wheel-up as well as M-mouse-4 -> M-wheel-up
   M-C-mouse-4 -> M-C-wheel-up, H-S-C-M-s-double-mouse-4 ->
   H-S-C-M-s-double-wheel-up, ...
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** Beefed-up syntax-tables.
*** recognize multi-character syntactic entities like `begin' and `end'.
*** nested string-delimiters (for Postscript's (foo(bar)baz) strings).
*** support for infix operators (with precedence).
*** support for the $ (paired delimiter) in parse-partial-sexp.
*** support for hook-chars whose effect on the parsing-state is specified
	by elisp code.  Thus a char could both close a string and open a comment
	at the same time and do it in a context-sensitive way.
*** ability to add mode-specific data to the partial-parse-state.

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** Add a way to convert a keyboard macro to equivalent Lisp code.

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** Have a command suggestion help system that recognizes patterns
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  of commands which could be replaced with a simpler common command.
  It should not make more than one suggestion per 10 minutes.
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** Add a way to define input methods by computing them (when first used)
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  from other input methods.  Then redefine C-x 8 to use a
  user-selected input method, with the default being the union of
  latin-1-prefix and latin-1-postfix.

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** Implement a clean way to use different major modes for
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  different parts of a buffer.  This could be useful in editing
  Bison input files, for instance, or other kinds of text
  where one language is embedded in another language.
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** Give start-process the ability to direct standard-error
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  output to a different filter.

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** Make desktop.el save the "frame configuration" of Emacs (in some
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  useful sense).

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** Give desktop.el a feature to switch between different named
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  desktops.

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** Replace finder.el with something that generates an Info file
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  which gives the same information through a menu structure.  [Dave
  Love started on this.]
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** Implement a variant of uncompress.el or jka-compr.el that works with
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  GNU Privacy Guard for encryption.  [Code exists but isn't assigned.
  See the Gnus development sources for assigned code concerning GPG
  use with mail, which is probably a good start.]
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** Save undo information in special temporary files, and reload it
  when needed for undoing.  This could extend undo capacity.
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** Change the Windows NT menu code
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  so that it handles the deep_p argument and avoids
  regenerating the whole menu bar menu tree except
  when the user tries to use the menubar.

  This requires the RIT to forward the WM_INITMENU message to
  the main thread, and not return from that message until the main
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  thread has processed the MENU_BAR_ACTIVATE_EVENT and regenerated
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  the whole menu bar.  In the mean time, it should process other messages.
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** Get some major packages installed: W3 (development version needs
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  significant work), PSGML.  Check the assignments file for other
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  packages which might go in and have been missed.
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** Make keymaps a first-class Lisp object (this means a rewrite of
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  keymap.c).  What should it do apart from being opaque ?
  multiple inheritance ?  faster where-is ?  no more fix_submap_inheritance ?
  what else ?
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** Provide real menus on ttys.  The MS-DOS implementation can serve as
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  an example how to do part of this.

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** Implement popular parts of the rest of the CL functions as compiler
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  macros in cl-macs.

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** Make compiler warnings about functions that might be undefined at run time
 smarter, so that they know which files are required by the file being
 compiled and don't warn about functions defined in them.

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** Highlight rectangles (`mouse-track-rectangle-p' in XEmacs).  Already in CUA,
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  but it's a valuable feature worth making more general.
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** Support simultaneous tty and X frames.
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** Provide MIME support for Rmail using the Gnus MIME library.  [Maybe
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  not now feasible, given Gnus maintenance decisions.  fx looked at
  this and can say where some of the problems are.]
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** Eliminate the storm of warnings concerning char/unsigned char
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  mismatches that we get with proprietary compilers on various systems.
  They make it difficult to spot the important warnings.

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** Fix anything necessary to use `long long' EMACS_INTs with GCC.
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** Split out parts of lisp.h and generate Makefile dependencies
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  automatically.

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** Update the FAQ.
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** Allow auto-compression-mode to use zlib calls if zlib is available.
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  [It's required for PNG, so may be linked anyhow.]
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** Add a --pristine startup flag which does -q --no-site-file plus
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  ignoring X resources (Doze equivalents?) and most of the
  environment.  What should not be ignored needs consideration.

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** Investigate using the language environment (or locale?) to set up
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  more things, such as the default Ispell dictionary, calendar
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  holidays, quoting characters?,...
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** Improve the GC (generational, incremental).  (We may be able to use
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  the Boehm collector.)  [See the Boehm-GC branch in CVS for work on
  this.]
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** Check what hooks would help Emacspeak -- see the defadvising in W3.
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** Add horizontal scroll bars.
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** Provide an optional feature which computes a scroll bar slider's
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  size and its position from lines instead of characters.
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** Make the Custom themes support do useful things.
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** Add support for SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) rendering to
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  Emacs.
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** Allow unknown image types to be rendered via an external program
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  converting them to, say, PBM (in the same way as PostScript?).

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** Allow displaying an X window from an external program in a buffer,
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  e.g. to render graphics from Java applets.  [gerd and/or wmperry
  thought this was feasible.]

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** Allow images (not just text) in the margin to be mouse-sensitive.
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  (Requires recursing through display properties).  Provide some way
  to simulate mouse-clicks on marginal text without a mouse.

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** Implement Lisp functions to determine properly whether a character
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  is displayable (particularly needed in XFree 4, sigh).  Use it to
  define useful glyphs that may be displayed as images or unicodes
  (with ASCIIfied fallback via latin1-disp).  Examples include
  box-drawing graphics in Custom buffers, W3 rules and tables, and
  tree displays generally, mode-line mail indicator.  [See work done
  already for Emacs 22 and consult fx.]

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** Do something to make rms happy with fx's dynamic loading, and use it
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  to implement things like auto-loaded buffer parsers and database
  access in cases which need more than Lisp.

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** Extend ps-print to deal with multiple font sizes, images, and extra
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  encodings.

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** Provide portable undumping using mmap (per gerd design).
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** Use the XIE X extension, if available, for image display.
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** Make monochrome images display using the foreground and background
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  colors of the applicable faces.

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** Add support for rendering antialiased text, probably using
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  XRender/Freetype.
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** Port the conservative stack marking code of Emacs' garbage collector
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  to more systems, so that we can completely get rid of GCPROs.

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** Reorder defcustom's in each package so that the more important
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  options come first in the Customize buffers.  This could be done by
  either rearranging the file (since options are shown in the order
  they appear in the *.el files), or by adding a few :set-after
  attributes.

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** Maybe document the features of libraries missing from the manual (or
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  ancillary manuals, including the Lisp manual in some cases).
  This is not worth doing for all of these packages and we need not
  aim for completeness, but some may be worth documenting.

  Here's a list which is probably not complete/correct: align, allout,
  artist, ansi-color, array, battery, calculator, cdl, cmuscheme,
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  completion, cua, delim-col, dirtrack, double, echistory, elide-head,
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  easymenu, expand, flow-ctrl, format [format-alist],
  generic/generic-x [various modes], kermit, log-edit, ledit
  [obsolete?], makesum, midnight [other than in Kill Buffer node],
  mouse-copy [?], mouse-drag, mouse-sel, net-utils, rcompile,
  snmp-mode [?], soundex [should be interactive?], strokes [start from
  the web page], talk, thingatpt [interactive functions?], type-break,
  vcursor, xscheme, zone-mode [?], mlconvert [?], iso-cvt, iso-swed,
  swedish, feedmail [?], uce, bruce, gametree, meese, page-ext,
  refbib, refer, scribe, sgml-mode, spell, texinfo, underline,
  cmacexp, hideif, mantemp [obsolete?], pcomplete, assoc, xml,
  cvs-status (should be described in PCL-CVS manual); other progmodes,
  probably in separate manual.
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** Convert the XPM bitmaps to PPM, replace the PBMs with them and scrap
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  the XPMs so that the colour versions work generally.  (Requires care
  with the colour used for the transparent regions.)

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** Convenient access to the `values' variable.  It would be nice to have an
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  interface that would show you the printed reps of the elements of the
  list in a menu, let you select one of the values, and put it into some
  other variable, without changing the value of `values'.
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** (Controlled by a flag) make open and close syntax match exactly,
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  i.e. `(' doesn't match `]'.

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** Specify parameter ID-FORMAT in all calls to `file-attributes' and
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  `directory-files-and-attributes' where attributes UID or GID are used.
  Whenever possible, use value 'string.
  When done, change meaning of default value from 'integer to 'string.
  If value 'integer is used nowhere, remove the parameter ID-FORMAT from
  the definition of `file-attributes' and `directory-files-and-attributes'
  and from the calls.

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** Make language-info-alist customizable.  Currently a user can customize
  only the variable `current-language-environment'.

** Improve language environment handling so that Emacs can fit
  better to a users locale.  Currently Emacs uses utf-8 language
  environment for all utf-8 locales, thus a user in ja_JP.UTF-8 locale
  are also put in utf-8 lang. env.  In such a case, it is
  better to use Japanese lang. env. but prefer utf-8 coding system.
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** Eliminate the current restriction on header printing by ps-print.
  Currently, a header can contain only single 1-byte charset in
  addition to ASCII.

** In ps-print, provide an user friendly interface to specify fonts.

** OpenType font support for various complex scripts (e.g. Devanagari).
  As X protocal doesn't provide a way to access OpenType Layout Tables
  in a OpenType font of a server side, we need a way to utilize local
  fonts (perhaps by directly using the Freetype library or indirectly
  via Xft library).

** Enhance word boundary detection for such a script that doesn't use
  space at word boundary (e.g. Thai).

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** Implement interface programs with major Japanese conversion server
  in lib-src so that they can be used from the input method
  "japanese".  Currently, most Japanese users are using external
  packages (e.g. tamago, anthy) or an input method via XIM.
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** Provide the toolbar on ttys. This could map a bit like tmm-menubar
   for the menubar and buttons could look a bit like those used by customize.

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* Internal changes

** Replace gmalloc.c with the modified Doug Lea code from the current
  GNU libc so that the special mmapping of buffers can be removed --
  that apparently loses under Solaris, at least.  [fx has mostly done
  this.]

** Rewrite make-docfile to be clean and maintainable.

** Add an inferior-comint-minor-mode to capture the common set of operations
   offered by major modes that offer an associated inferior
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   comint-derived mode.  I.e. basically make cmuscheme.el/inf-lisp.el generic.
   For use by sml-mode, python-mode, tex-mode, scheme-mode, lisp-mode,
   haskell-mode, tuareg-mode, ...
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