A Modest Definition List Proposal (David E. Wheeler)

David E. Wheeler david at kineticode.com
Thu Feb 26 12:44:48 EST 2009

On Feb 25, 2009, at 5:34 PM, Seumas Mac Uilleachan wrote:

> Admittedly it is easier to create legible text documents with lots

> of bullets and tables and definition lists if you are using a

> monospace font but in my experience monospace fonts are generally

> just harder to read. The beauty of markdown is that you can

> approximate the spacing of monospace by varying the whitespace. Or

> just let it be "wonky". (Of course what looks beautiful in one

> proportional font will be wonky in another anyway)

Yes, but it will look different in every proportional font. Even if
you use tabs, some folks will have four-space tabs and others will
have eight-space tabs, so you can't expect it to look the same.

The only way to guarantee consistency is to use a monospaced font. It
doesn't matter so much for things like paragraphs, of course, but once
you get into some other things like nested lists, it can make all the



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