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Re: On being web-friendly and why info must die

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: On being web-friendly and why info must die
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:22:19 +0000
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Hello, Richard.

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 10:30:40PM -0500, Richard Stallman wrote:
> [[[ To any NSA and FBI agents reading my email: please consider    ]]]
> [[[ whether defending the US Constitution against all enemies,     ]]]
> [[[ foreign or domestic, requires you to follow Snowden's example. ]]]

>   > The simple markup is *bold*, =verbatim=, ~code~, /italic/
>   > +strike-through+ and _underline_.  The actual rules are a bit more
>   > complicated since some of that is costumizable for historical reasons.

> Here's one way it could be done:

> //emph//
> /=dfn=/
> ==code==
> '=samp='
> .=file=.
> _kbd_
> *strong*
> @variable@

Please don't go for something like this.  It is too confusing for
somebody like me, who couldn't possibly remember all these variations
from one document-writing session to the next.  There is nothing mnemonic
about any of these markups, unlike the Texinfo @emph{foo}, etc.

I would find this a strong put-off to writing documentation.  It would
just be too much effort.  Even if there were nice key sequences, like C-c
C-c C-e, to insert these, it would still be too much strain, since there
would be no feedback that the correct C-c C-c ... sequence was used.

> (We don't need strike-through or underline.)

> -- 
> Dr Richard Stallman

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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