On Thu, Apr 27, 2006 at 06:53:13PM +0100, Timwi wrote:
has gotten so dense that I can no longer discern what the
topic is, much less who's on which side. If anyone sees fit to
continue it, I suggest they start by enumerating those two things.
Not sure what you mean by 'dense'. My "side" of the thread is just that
I get agitated at illogical/fallacious arguments like "let's not use
slashes for italics -- they look like regular expressions." That's all.
I don't believe it's a fallacious arguemnt. Let me cast it for you
Choices for inline text markup coding should be made so as to collide
with the least possible number of already extant uses of that set of
That's why [[ ]], '' '', and ''' ''' are
pretty good choices, while the
leading space for indention, slightly less so.
While *bold* would be contextual, since <BOL>* is already in use for
list items, _italics_ would not, and doesn't collide with anything.
/italics/, though, would, probably unexpectedly, collide with the
writing of Regexes, and there's no good way to disambiguate from
context (as there is with *bold face marking*).
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A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
Q: What is the most annoying thing on Usenet and in e-mail?