[Python-Dev] The docs, reloaded

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Tue May 22 15:59:25 CEST 2007

Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
> IMO that pair of examples shows clearly that, in this application,
> reST is not an improvement over LaTeX in terms of readability/
> writability of source.  It's probably not worse, although I can't help
> muttering "EIBTI".  In particular I find the "``'...'``" construct
> horribly unreadable because it makes it hard to find the Python syntax
> in all the reST.

It's interesting how perceptions can differ - I find heavily marked up 
latex tends to blur into a huge wall of text when I try to read it 
because of all of the {} and \ characters everywhere. With reST, on the 
other hand, I find the use of the relatively 'light' backquote and colon 
characters to delineate the markup breaks things up sufficiently that I 
can easily ignore the markup in order to read what has actually been 

So in Armin's example, I found the reST version *much* easier to read. 
Whether that difference in perception is due simply to my relative lack 
of experience in using LaTeX, or to something else, I have no idea.


Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at gmail.com   |   Brisbane, Australia

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