list corner case

Aristotle Pagaltzis pagaltzis at
Tue Sep 9 16:28:24 EDT 2008

* Bowerbird at <Bowerbird at> [2008-09-09 21:15]:

> aristotle said:

> > Obviously, the formatter should try its best

> > to reflect the structure of the written prose


> the question is what to do when the structure is ambiguous.


> you're saying "do something, anything" is the right approach.


> i've put forth a position that "do nothing" is a better method,

> because that will force the author to become less ambiguous.

How does doing the sometimes-wrong thing fail to force the author
to become less ambiguous?

Is forcing the author to become less ambiguous even a goal of

> this position has enough rigor that you cannot destroy it. i'd

> say it's far better to say "i don't prefer it" and move on.

I see.

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