[Doc-SIG] rST hyperlink syntax
Wed, 10 Oct 2001 18:58:56 -0400 (EDT)
> > > .. [#] Syntax idea: double underscores::
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> > Nice idea. I think this would be used often enough in practice that the
> > design principles demand a simple syntax. Could we make it even simpler? ::
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> I think orthogonality requires the full ``.. __:`` syntax. Without a colon,
> the URI looks too much like a hyperlink name
Good point. How about something even simpler and more visually
distinctive as the anonymous hyperlink target syntax? ::
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I don't think losing unescaped underscore-underscore-space at the
beginning of a line is a significant loss. In exchange, we get far
less cumbersome syntax for a very simple and frequent construct.
Doing simple things should be simple. Besides, I question whether
the string ``.. __: `` has any place in a language which includes
the goals of being intuitive and readable. :-)
(I plan to use rST for my own projects, but my main intended use
for it is as a standard markup language for my department, which
is composed primarily of non-programmers. In general, if I find
something that seems awkward or difficult to me, it's a pretty
good indication that it'll be even more so for some of them.)