On Apr 28, 2013 6:42 PM, "Alexander Solla" <alex.so...@gmail.com> wrote: > I think that much has to do with the historical division in computer science. We have mathematics on the right hand, and electrical engineering on the wrong one.
I've been called many things, but electrical engineer is a new one! My point was not anything at all to do with programming. It was about writing comments, which is fundamentally a communication activity. That makes a difference. It's important to keep in mind that the worst possible consequence of getting corner cases wrong here is likely that some documentation will be confusing because the numbering is messed up in an ordered list. Pointing out that different processors treat markdown differently with respect to bold or italics and such is ultimately missing the point. For example, I an aware that Reddit treats *foo* like italics while, say, Google+ puts it in bold... but I really don't care. What is really of any importance is that both of them take reasonable conventions from plain text and render them reasonably. As far as I'm concerned, you can flip a coin as to whether it ends up in bold or italics. That doesn't mean the choices should not be documented. Sure they should. But it seems ridiculous to sidetrack the proposal to do something nice by concerns about the minutiae of the syntax.
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