Chris Withers wrote:
> 
> Jim Fulton wrote:
(snip) 
> > > How about extending ! beyond just escaping WikiNames?
> >
> > I *really* **really** hate the ! wiki name escape.
> 
> Why?

A goal of structured text is that it should be readable
in it's original form. The conventions used should mimic
the kinds of things we do in email, to the extent possible.
The bang ascape totally violates this.

> > > ! escapes structured text if it directly precedes a formatting
> > > character.
> > > !! actually puts a ! if it does indeed need to proceed a formatting
> > > character.
> >
> > I really don't like this.
> 
> Hmmm, I would write 'Why?' again, but I think that'd be flame-bating ;-)

Not at all.
 
> I think there should be some form of escaping, ! seems the most compact
> and unobtrusive ,or maybe ^ or some such...
> 
> Ideas welcomely recieved :-)

I can't think of any. I'm open to suggestions, but I reserve the
right to hate the suggestions. :)

While I'm open to escaping, I'd also really like to think harder 
about the formatting conventions so as to make escaping unnecessary.  
If we need to escape, we've probably done something wrong. I 
actually think that the otion of in-line code is useful as a 
typographic feature and should really eliminate the need for escaping
in most if not all cases. 

Jim

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