On 4/27/06, Jay R. Ashworth <jra(a)baylink.com> wrote:
On Thu, Apr 27, 2006 at 02:30:09PM -0400, Pedro de
On 4/27/06, Timwi <timwi(a)gmx.net> wrote:
thread 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
I get agitated at illogical/fallacious arguments like "let's not use
slashes for italics -- they look like regular expressions." That's all.
According to the principle of least astonishment, if someone types
something between /slashes/ in a wiki document, he doesn't expect it
to turn into regular expressions to do some unobvious pattern matching
when "commit" is pressed. So I agree with you.
See my other message: the actual issue is when people *type an example
of a regular expression into a wikipage*. While that may not happen
much on Wikipedia, remember that Not All Mediawikiae Are Wikipedia, a
rule that's pertinent when discussing this category of topic.
It is then an exception, not a rule. Suppose you have a programming
language X that uses some of the same markup wiki uses and you want to
list some example source code in that language, should you change the
wiki markup not to create conflict or just quote the source code? I
guess the latter, so why things should be different for regular
There might be good reasons for not using /slashes/, I just think this
was not one of them. :)
Pedro de Medeiros - Computer Science - University of Brasília
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