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Re: [Axiom-developer] On syntactic coloring of language

From: William Sit
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] On syntactic coloring of language
Date: Mon, 19 May 2014 15:04:15 -0400

Hi Ralf:

I don't think Tim is talking about the "product" (such as a compiled pdf from LaTeX, or a rendered html web page), but about the source files. The style in a publication is rightly the choice of the author, as a personal artistic preference. While it is possible (I won't say "easy") to change the style of a published work (as a web page, by changing css file), I doubt a reader would waste time if the reader finds the rendition really subjectively offending. The work will most likely be ignored. But that is not an issue: the author most likely just wanted to appeal to "flocks of the same feather" and used the style as a filter.

If the source (ASCII text with markups) is the product, then I agree with you. By using a different editor, one can change the style or even make it plain text with relative ease (say cut and paste to Notepad). The main issue in that case is the ubiquitous LF/CR problem.


On Mon, 19 May 2014 16:26:15 +0200
 Ralf Hemmecke <address@hidden> wrote:
I agree that those who choose color highlighting should choose colors carefully. I would prefer background coloring only and not text coloring, to avoid the precise problems you illustrated. Text emphasis should be shown using different typefaces, and in rare situations, a
solid color like red.

We are no longer in the early days of computers.
And we are dealing with open source.

I think that it's nowadays totally easy to separate style elements from the content and let the *reader* decide what style he/she wants. In LaTeX we have .sty files, for HTML there is .css etc. etc.

The only issue is if the reader has no choice than to read badly styled


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