Encoding italic (was: A last missing link)
James Kass via Unicode
unicode at unicode.org
Tue Jan 15 15:40:21 CST 2019
Although there probably isn't really any concerted effort to "keep
plain-text mediocre", it can sometimes seem that way.
As we've been told repeatedly, just because something has been done over
and over again doesn't mean that there's a precedent for it.
Using spans of text as a general indicator of rich-text seems reasonable
at first blush. But selected spans can also be copy/pasted (relocated),
which is not stylistic at all. Spans of text can be selected to apply
casing, which is often seen as non-stylistic. In applications such as
BabelPad, spans of text can be converted to-and-from various forms of
Unicode references and encodings. Spans of text can be transliterated,
moved, or deleted. In short, selecting a span of text only means that
the user is going to apply some kind of process to that span.
Avant-garde enthusiasts are on the leading edge by definition. That's
why they're known as trend setters. Unicode exists because
forward-looking people envisioned it and worked to make it happen.
Regardless of one's perception of exuberance, Unicode turned out to be
so much more than a fringe benefit.
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