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Re: Odd typo in update message?

From: Mark E. Hamilton
Subject: Re: Odd typo in update message?
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2005 11:11:13 -0700
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Boy, ask an innocent question and things go quickly downhill. Good thing I didn't include something about add triggers. ;)

Any way, I think I understand the issues about typographic conventions, history, and whatnot, but strictly from the point of view of someone who sits in front of a terminal all day, it just looks wrong. (Perhaps I've been looking at too many Python lists. ;) )

In my mailer (Mozilla), my terminal windows, and XEmacs they look pretty much the same; the symbol on the left is lighter and slanted to the left; the symbol on the right is darker and vertical. It's just jarring.

In printed documentation where they'd both be the same weight, and slanted left and right respectively, it would make perfect sense. (Most word processors do 'smart quotes' regardless of which key you actually type so the printed output looks 'right'.)

Again, this is not really a problem, and I suspect that most people who have noticed it probably just chalk it up to one of those (admittedly few) odd things that CVS does. If everyone had the same terminal software that displayed them 'correctly' no one would even notice. Since that's never going to happen, I'd suggest that you consider whether this convention is really doing what you want it to do, and is worth adhering to.

Mark E. Hamilton wrote:
Is this in fact a typo, or is there some other meaning/use for this `name' pattern?

Mark E. Hamilton
Orion International Technologies, Inc.
Sandia National Laboratory, NM.

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