Plain text (from Re: Avoidance variants)

Doug Ewell doug at
Fri Mar 27 11:21:20 CDT 2015

So one of the concerns I have is the implication that "interesting"
styling comprises:

1. bold
2. italic

If formatting characters were encoded to support these two styling
options, right away there would be calls to expand the set with:

3. underlining
4. strikeout
5. superscript
6. subscript
7. font face
8. font size
9. font color
10. highlighting
11. character spacing
12. line spacing
13. margins
14. page size
15. all the other styling options that word processors provide

The proposed, simplified solution doesn't scale. It's the same as one of
the concerns I have with encoding localizable sentences as characters.
There aren't 20 or 50 or 100 sentences that people might want localized,
but crores of them.

Doug Ewell | | Thornton, CO ����

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