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Re: [O] Flexible plain list bullets

From: Jambunathan K
Subject: Re: [O] Flexible plain list bullets
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:28:08 +0530
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.95 (windows-nt)

"Mark E. Shoulson" <address@hidden> writes:

> else reconsider my patch

Contributions to Org/Emacs requires copyright assignments.  Search for
FSF in the following page: http://orgmode.org/worg/org-contribute.html

I am wondering:

Why a overlay solution will not work for you?  Why do you need Unicode
characters right in the file.  Export engines can replace the ASCII
bullets with Unicode bullets.  

For the sake of argument, if the Org parser fails to parse and export a
non-canonical Org file will that upset you in anyways.

You need to offer a reason that goes beyond mere aesthetics to build a
much stronger case.

We should leave aside what is already there.  Your argument parallels
the below social situation. (Replace broken windows => Customizable
options, Vandalism => Feature creep)

Maintainers are trying to make sure that more customization aren't added
until a very strong case is made in support of them.

,---- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory
| Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not
| repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more
| windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if
| it's unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside. Or
| consider a sidewalk. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter
| accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of trash from
| take-out restaurants there or breaking into cars.

That said, it is just a customizable option.  People use Org for diverse
needs.  If one is willing to pay the penalty of having a non-standard
Org file - broken export being one - then she is well within her rights
to shoot herself in the foot.

Btw, your proposal has received 3 downvotes already and not even a
single upvote yet.

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