Spaced text

Fletcher T. Penney fletcher at
Fri Aug 17 17:24:23 EDT 2012

I don't understand why one would do this. Asterisks are easy to type. Alternating spaces with letters is not. Spell check is broken. Search is broken. Line breaks can be inserted in the middle of a word.

This seems to be a poor solution in search of a problem to solve.

You are absolutely correct that the drawbacks are bigger than the advantages. But I'm still at a loss as to why you even began to head down this rabbit hole. What am I missing?


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On Aug 17, 2012, at 5:11 PM, Jakob <jakov at> wrote:

> Hi eveybody!


> I've got a suggestion to think about. Although i think that the drawbacks are bigher than the advantages im goong to tell you abou my idea:


> My idea is another syntax for e m p h a s i z e d words. It uses two spaces before and after the emphasized part and alternating space and letter in between, just like in the sentence before.


> Pros:

> • no symbol needed

> • granny compatible ;) similar look as on old typwritten texts

> • emphasis visible in raw text

> • extensible with * or _ for * s t r o n g * emphasis


> Cons:

> • cant be searched for easily

> • cant be easily converted

> • only accepts blanks as starting and endpoint (e.g. You could write " b l a h , " instead of " *blah,* " but i see no way to write " *blah*, " in spaced text.


> Maybe someone has ideas on how to avoid the drawbacks or oher possible uses.


> Amike,

> Jakov

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