[Pmwiki-users] Reflection on link syntax
Wed Jun 30 15:52:22 CDT 2004
On Wednesday, 30 June 2004 11:53 PM, Christian Ridderstr?m <chr at home.se> wrote:
>I was just adding some links to a wiki page with lots of external links.
>Some of the URIs were already in there in the text and I just had to move
>them, while others I inserted by pasting. What I noticed was that I
>sometimes instinctively wanted to write
> [[The PmWiki web site http://www.pmwiki.org]]
>rather than using the current syntax:
> [[http://www.pmwiki.org The PmWiki web site]]
>Has anyone else noticed something like this? I.e. that they'd prefer
>writing the link text first? (I've noticed this before, but this was the
>first time I started reflecting on *why* I felt like this)
It may depend on one's language. In English, we are often taught to
'say the most important thing first' -- sometimes called the inverted
pyramid writing style. The text is more important to both writer and
reader than the address, so it's more natural to put it first.
I think some languages are structured differently.
And while I too prefer [[text link]], it may be one of those times
when it's more important to be in step (with other wiki's conventions)
than to be right. Sigh.
On a related topic, I have felt the same way about style information:
I find it more natural to describe style after the text, not before.
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