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Humanist Archives: Aug. 11, 2021, 7:10 a.m. Humanist 35.181 - pointy brackets -- a test

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 181.
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        Date: 2021-08-10 21:07:07+00:00
        From: James Rovira <>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 35.180: pointy brackets

Does <- this -> work, or < this >?

Jim R

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

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