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Re: [groff] Mapping of \(bu to MIDDLE DOT

From: Ralph Corderoy
Subject: Re: [groff] Mapping of \(bu to MIDDLE DOT
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2019 13:38:08 +0000

Hi Branden,

> The \z+o status quo seems to follow a pattern that makes sense for
> modified letterforms, i.e., \z'a; on a 7-bit ASCII, non-overstriking
> device, you want the "a" to "win", because it carries the more
> important semantic information.


> That reasoning does not hold for bullet substitutes, which simply need
> to stand out graphically (your argument for not using a middle dot or
> centered period, which may be as small as one pixel on some devices),
> and not be semantically confusable with text.

I think o is a better match to the intention than +.  I can see o and
realise it's a bullet whereas if I see + then I wonder if it is
signifying addition to something, e.g. a list of items, each starting
with +, suggests all of them whereas the items might actually be

I don't think this issue used to crop up much when ASCII was common as -
was used, just as with typewriters.

Cheers, Ralph.

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