From: James Kass (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Apr 16 2009 - 12:44:46 CDT
Dennis Heuer wrote,
>what else shall i write? the character-set switch is just one character,
>already explained, and basing on an already existing idea you know of,
>and the most basic formatting characters (bold, italic, etc.) are also
>well known. just take a look at the font dialog of your text writer.
>how to use them is known from given file formats: one can enclose a
>passage, which is more clear but needs more parsing, or only positively
>switch to the next formatting, like: <bold><italic>important<normal>.
>that's it. the symbols you can also take from your text writer. they
>are already very normative by defacto standard MS W*rd. as you can see,
>there's prior art to it.
𝐁𝐨𝐥𝐝, 𝑖𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑐, and 𝑩𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒄 text can already be safely
stored and exchanged as Unicode plain-text.
Although some may consider such usage a hack, we need
to remember that we are currently in an era which considers
that common usage denotes propriety. If people are using
the math alphanumeric characters to spice up their text,
then it must be OK to do so.
Remember, once a character is included in Unicode, it is
there for 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑏𝑜𝑑𝑦 to use, regardless of its origin or
There is even a handy tool available to enable easy input
of bold, italic, and other stylings:
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