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Re: Upcoming loss of usability of Emacs source files and Emacs.

From: Dmitry Gutov
Subject: Re: Upcoming loss of usability of Emacs source files and Emacs.
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:19:48 +0300
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On 06/18/2015 07:29 AM, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:

You're missing the point by calling them "rare".  They are *not* rare;
they are in daily use by the 99.44% of the English-speaking population
that *doesn't* program.

Quotes are not that rare, but using a more rare characters would be even better, right? At least, by that logic.

The point is that these characters have better semantics from the
point of view of *new* programmers and even non-programmers.

Native-English speaking programmers who are into typography, maybe?


Yep, not a markup language.

  > Markdown, for instance, when rendered, only emphasizes code
  > segments using a special tag, which translates into a different
  > font face/color/etc. I don't see why we won't choose to do that, or
  > allow users to customize that aspect.

That would be insane.  Markdown (and ReST) do that because they, too,
need to deal with the ASCII-capped lobby, or at least they still did
when they were first developed a decade or so ago.

What's insane about only highlighting code segments with color?

But *humans* don't
need tags, and programs are rapidly acquiring the ability to do
without.  I believe we should look forward to the day when that is the
norm, and *get there first*.

I don't understand this response. I only mentioned tags because Markdown renders to HTML.

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