[Pmwiki-users] More on attachments

Jonathan Scott Duff duff at pobox.com
Mon Nov 25 08:27:03 CST 2002

On Sun, Nov 24, 2002 at 08:12:05PM -0600, Patrick R. Michaud wrote:
> Interesting idea.  But I'm not sure that it works.  I think most people
> think of the style as occuring before the text rather than after.  And
> if we go towards content-based markup (as opposed to rendering-based markup)
> then it might make more sense to have the style before the text rather than
> afterwards.
> I.e., I think that
>    %bookreference%  The Mythical Man Month %%
> makes a bit more sense than
>    {{The Mythical Man Month %bookreference}}

Indeed.  You don't want to make the mistake of end-loading the syntax
too much; only where necessary or appropriate.  Perl made that mistake
on it's regular expressions:

	$foo =~ m/some possibly long pattern here/im;

We don't know until the end how the stuff in the middle should be
interpreted.  English has the same problem with certain punctuation: 

	Look out for the falling logs!

While reading that sentence you have to scan ahead to the end to see
that it's supposed to be an exclamation.

Jonathan Scott Duff
duff at cbi.tamucc.edu

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