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From: Tristan <kesuari@×××××××××.au>
To: gentoo-admin@g.o
Subject: [gentoo-admin] GWN email formatting
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 03:17:50
1 The email edition of the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter (GWN) posts web and
2 email address as footnotes after the paragraph they occur in, which
3 often means that four or more extremely similar addresses may be listed
4 one after another with only a number to distinguish them, e.g.
6 > 18.
7 > 19.
8 > 20.
9 > 21.
11 It is not at all clear what these are, other than threads in the Gentoo
12 forums <>. When reading, it is possible to
13 totally ignore the footnote references and not realise there is an
14 webpage associated with what's being discussed, or to forget it by the
15 time you reach the footnotes, and have to have your thought process upset.
17 Apparently, this has its origins in the Debian Weekely Newsletter (DWN),
18 which does things similarly. No doubt, they, in turn, pulled it from the
19 tradition of publishing a bibliography in books and referencing them by
20 numbers, often with a smaller references as a footnote.. Being a paged
21 medium, footnotes always stand out in books, but are ill-suited to
22 emails, where the footnote will not necessarily be visible until after
23 the entire paragraph's been read.
25 However, every medium has its own way of publishing links to webpages
26 and the like: HTML shows them as hyperlinks, for example. In most media
27 where hypelinks aren't possible, especially in email, the tradition is
28 to include them inline surrounded by angle brackets, as with my URL above.
30 Is there any particular reason why the GWN does this, other than because
31 that's what the DWN does? Would it be possible to have it changed to the
32 clearer, more conventional method?
34 Tristan McLeay.
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[gentoo-admin] Re:GWN email formatting Chris Smith <×××××××.nz>