A Modest Definition List Proposal

David E. Wheeler david at kineticode.com
Wed Feb 18 19:58:38 EST 2009

On Feb 18, 2009, at 4:37 PM, Yuri Takhteyev wrote:

>> Right. I actually think that using ~ as a range operator

>> (essentially) is

>> fairly rare outside of electronic circles, at least in US English.


> In other words, by at least 5% of the world population. :)


> But even just looking at the US English, ~ is often used for

> approximation, for the home directory, for equivalence, etc. So,

> things like "The cost is ~ $3", "cd to ~ before doing this", "The N

> needs a ~ over it", "If we assume x ~ y, then" will all suddenly

> become definition lists?

Yeah, okay. Forget the one-line format, then. No one has implemented
it so far anyway, as near as I can tell. :-)

>> Term 1 o Definition a blah blah blah blah blah

>> Term 2 o Definition b foo bar baz

>> Term 3 o Definition c even more blah blah blah


> É. O unico problema é o "o" do Portugues, que é um artigo nessa

> linguagem.


> (Our friend "o" is a _word_ in some languages.)

D'oh! Oh yeah! Sorry for the cultural imperialism. :-)



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