29 Nov 2008 tampe   » (Journeyer)

Words can dance

My day work is calling for serious attention and I had the usual period of being tired. This is sort of strange, but From time to time I need to sleep more. (This public effort of mine is done usually after 21:00 when the rest of the family relax before the TV or is sleeping)

Anyway this means that I do not pay attention on detail right now but spend my spare time gathering inputs, Reading and just think.

I have been playing around with texmacs, mainly trying to see how code look like when you allow for a little more typesetting then your favorite editor. I concluded from this effort how badly needed monospace is. The reason is that I tend to align stuff because things is easier on the brain when you have alignment. This means that the brain will learn to use the difference between two rows in it's visual parsing. Letters not being aligned will just make this activity a pain (to do this make sure your tired, you then notice bad style). On the other hand one feature that makes for better reading is subscript and superscript under monospace. The thing is that it's ok to change the space in a few blocks. Personally I would also like to have a few extra symbols too use while programming then what's common. But this is old stuff, emacs has ok support for this and I've used it for some of my LISP or Qi programming. I don't think that Big Integral and sum operators, square root constructs and fractions is so badly needed for programming that I would like to suggest implementing that in a programming editor. On the other hand the ability to use different decorators of your symbols is attractive if they don't disturb the spaces too much.

So I concluded that decorators, sub/super script that disturb the spaces as little as possible together with unicode symbols would be my favorite typesetting extensions to the common craft of programming.

Let's sleep on it

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