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Re: 3 dots vanish at end of filled line

From: Luc Teirlinck
Subject: Re: 3 dots vanish at end of filled line
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 19:21:53 -0500 (CDT)

Richard Stallman wrote:

   The issue at hand is how to make this feature work correctly.
   I don't want to digress from that into the issue of how to turn
   it off.

It is impossible to make it work correctly without reverting the
processing of titles _within the body of a node_.

Info files should be able to discuss _any_ topic,  One such topic could
be the use of ASCII art.  In such a discussion one might want to
include examples of actual files containing ASCII art in separate nodes
of their own using @verbatim.  That ASCII art may include titles
underlined Info style: a line followed by an equal number of one of
these four characters.  Those titles obviously should be displayed as
ASCII art, because that is what they are supposed to illustrate.

Displaying examples of diff output using @verbatim in nodes of their
own could potentially create trouble too.  The same applies to output
or input files of many other programs.

Stefan Monnier wrote:

   Indeed.  And we've been through this discussion already.  And since Emacs's
   Info mode does even more of those "dangerous" guessing games now than
   before, I think it's pretty clear that we've decided it's worth the risk.

In the particular case of titles it is not clear what the "it" in
"it's worth the risk" is.  Titles already clearly stand out in the
.info files by the underlining and that underlining makes the level
very clear.  I personally believe that the processing actually makes
things less clear.  Am I correct in assuming that the "it" refers to
getting rid of ASCII art, which could be important to some people (not
to me) because ASCII art looks "unsophisticated"?  In that case, I
believe that there are more Info nodes containing various other forms
of ASCII art in their body, than there are nodes containing titles in
their body, so one can not get rid of ASCII art in Info anyway.



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