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> Date:         Fri, 9 Jun 2000 21:32:41 -0400
> From: Robert Hailman <[log in to unmask]>

> Lars Henrik Mathiesen wrote:
> > In properly typeset text [...] programming constructs should be
> > marked off from English text with font changes, not quotes.

> They use the quotes for subroutine names and such, not for long lines of
> code. If someone searches for "a," where they should be searching for
> "a", they won't find what they are looking for.

Go look at some books about programming languages, GNU documentation
that has been typeset with TeX, or any random non-losing computer
vendor's typeset docs. Names of variables and programs will be marked
out in bold (or at least courier), argument placeholders in italic,
unless the tech writer totally ignores the stylesheet.

Quotes might be a fallback solution for a single-font rendering, but
in a single-font rendering the order of quotes and other punctuation
doesn't matter anyway.

Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <[log in to unmask]> (Humour NOT marked)