A Modest Definition List Proposal

David E. Wheeler david at kineticode.com
Wed Feb 18 17:58:21 EST 2009

On Feb 18, 2009, at 2:50 PM, Tom Humiston wrote:

> A problem I see with your suggestion about not including newlines is

> that interpreting the form "xxx ~ yyy" as a DT/DD pair precludes the

> use of " ~ " (space-tilde-space) in some other ways it's likely to

> be used ~ for instance, as an alternative to the plain hyphen.

Yeah. I think ~~ would work okay, too, and gets around that problem.

Term 1 ~~ Definition a blah blah blah blah blah
Term 2 ~~ Definition b foo bar baz
Term 3 ~~ Definition c even more blah blah blah

Although I think that it's a bit of a red herring.

> I also suppose that's why the suggestion in 2005 was for double

> colons. Colon-newline seems pretty clear, if anything is. (Mind you,

> I am NOT involved in writing implementations whatsoever; I'm just

> watching the mailing list.)

I didn't see anyone suggest tilde for definitions in 2005, though I
did notice that Aristotle tried it out for terms. I agree with him
that tildes didn't work so well there. :-)



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