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Humanist Archives: Aug. 10, 2021, 7:37 a.m. Humanist 35.180 - pointy brackets

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 180.
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        Date: 2021-08-10 06:24:38+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: pointy brackets

Two closely related notes about the use of pointy brackets. 

The first concerns a sofar unfixable as well as rigidly consistent 
reaction of Humanist's software to anything enclosed by a pair of 
pointy brackets. This elegant software -- for which I am unutterably 
grateful and which is otherwise faultless -- simply deletes whatever 
a pair of said brackets encloses. I have been changing all instances of 
them to square brackets by hand, but just now a message almost 
slipped through that had a pointy-bracketed expression inserted into 
the middle of a word. I almost didn't catch it. So, dear colleagues, 

On a related topic. Occasionally messages come along that are rendered
almost unreadable by hyper-hypertextualist enthusiasm for links. During
the heyday of the Hypertext Revolution, the notion went out into the
world that whenever possible references (including the implicit kind) 
should be turned into hyperlinks. It seems that cleverness overcame 
communication for a time. I'm very glad indeed that we survived, but 
I would be grateful if you'd watch out for any signs of re-infection.

All best,

Willard McCarty,
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist

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