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Humanist Archives: March 15, 2019, 5:19 a.m. Humanist 32.550 - NB: angle-bracketed discourse & a special request

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        Date: 2019-03-14 17:32:10+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: angle-bracketed discourse; a special request

Behind the scenes there has been an ongoing problem in the use of
angle-brackets to inclose URLs, XML code and the like. The software has
been simply omitting all such bracketed text. Where possible, and
doubtless not always perfectly, I have been hand-editing postings to
remove these brackets, sometimes substituting braces, {thus}. My
technical colleague is aware of the problem but for the moment is deep
into fixing the more serious problem of postings that never make it
through to me, and so do not go out on Humanist unless sent directly to
me. This problem, by the way, belongs to King's IT service, and so
progress is slow. I am told that we should not have to wait much longer
for the repair to be done. Meanwhile, my colleague suggests that all
postings that use angle-bracketed code as part of their arguments should
put the code into attachments.

If you would, please avoid using angle-brackets for anything but
essential XML, and place that in attachments -- or substitute braces.

My special request is that signature-text in postings be kept as brief
as possible. In some cases, this text has been longer than the message
it under-writes. The net effect of lengthy signature-text is to reduce
the legibility of the 'editions', as we call them. A URL to a c.v. would
seem to me far more elegant and efficient in any case.

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/),
Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London;
Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University; Editor, Interdisciplinary
Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist

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