[Pmwiki-users] the descriptions of emphasis
Patrick R. Michaud
Thu Dec 2 15:07:19 CST 2004
On Fri, Dec 03, 2004 at 10:12:46AM +1300, John Rankin wrote:
> So what might one do for '/cite/' markup?
Oops, I forgot about '/cite/'. Hmm. Maybe '~italic~'? Or perhaps '~cite~'
> One of the great strengths of PmWiki is that it is standards compliant
> and makes it easy for authors to implement good web practices, without
> even knowing that they are doing so. As we move into the era where the
> web properly separates content from its presentation, it seems to me a
> great leap backwards to introduce support for the <b> and <i> tags.
I do agree greatly with this sentiment.
> This is surely what the documentation refers to when it says
> "doubled single-quotes is used for for emphasis (usually italics)"
Yes, at the time I created PmWiki I consciously chose <em> and <strong>
over <i> and <b> for these very reasons.
> A pedant (moi?) might argue that when writers use bold and italics,
> they are performing a layout task, not a writing task.
I argued that in my earlier message :-).
> Just as PmWiki doesn't try to replace HTML, perhaps it also doesn't
> try to emulate the bad habits of word processors.
Amen. Perhaps I need to resurrect my posts/essays on the fallacies of
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