From: Mark E. Shoulson (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Sep 05 2005 - 18:40:13 CDT
Michael Everson wrote:
> At 14:55 -0700 2005-09-05, John Hudson wrote:
>> So, do these communities use it in TeX? Patrick was presumably asking
>> whether they use it at all.
> I don't know, John. TeX developers saw fit to create the character and
> name it, and put it into their implementations.
> Sometimes we add characters because they HAVE been used. Sometimes we
> add characters so that they CAN be used. I don't have any problem with
> this. Some people do.
FWIW (WAM)*, I quote from the manual of Makor, a Hebrew typesetting
package for use with TeX:
> By and large, Israeli punctuation matches that of the rest of the
> world. One difference from American grammar is the frequent occurence
> of the sequence `?!' to indicate some level of amazed incredulity.
> Just for fun, I have included in my Hebrew fonts the `interrobang'
> symbol ‽, which you can get by typing either !? or ?!. Perhaps this
> symbol will now sweep the world of Hebrew typesetting by storm‽
It does seem to be true that Israeli typesetting uses ?! more frequently
than proper English typesetting does. So I guess it's not necessarily
so "ungrammatical" to everyone.
* "WAM" == "Which Ain't Much"
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