Bridges, and Code is King
Posted Apr 22, 2008 22:07 UTC (Tue) by nix
In reply to: Bridges, and Code is King
Parent article: Fedora goes to a community-dominated board
That depends? Is a steel bridge “nearly iron” ?
Super-RH, Distro of Steel!
Clearly rust and fool's gold which are both very high in iron aren't
suitable for making a good bridge. On the other hand stone and wood are
both quite low in iron ordinarily, and have made reliable, and sometimes
very pretty bridges for hundreds of years.
So it's like irony, then? (Sorry.)
Also, its 2008 and Unicode has been available on Linux systems for a long
while now, time to stop abusing obsolete fixed pitch typefaces and
pretending that U+0060 and U+0027 are the pair of (English) facing quote
marks you're looking for, try ‘these two’ instead.
I don't have a keyboard that generates those (does anyone?) so typing them
in is much too annoying. No software I have access to replaces normal
quote marks with those, and even if they did I defy them to do it reliably
in the presence of nested quotation marks and apostrophes (TeX did it, but
only by translating ` ' into real quotation marks). Plus, to add insult to
injury, hey look identical in most of my system's Unicode fonts unless you
blow them up to 20-point plus.
Thanks, but no thanks. Way too many downsides. (I know that the backquote
is the wrong shape in most modern fonts: perhaps just using ' or "
consistently would be preferable.)
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