Subject: Re: "Unprintable characters" in dialog box
From: Big Ed (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Jul 12 2000 - 15:05:44 CDT
Well.. I'm not sure what they're called any more. I just called them
'control characters' or 'formatting characters'. I dunno how UF that is,
but I live by the rules of "If you don't know what it is, don't touch!". I
agree that we should have some way to make these visible, though.
>From: sam th <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>On Wed, 12 Jul 2000, WJCarpenter wrote:
> > wjc> I propose we change this to something more meaningful. Perhaps
> > wjc> "Invisible layout marks" or "Invisible formating marks".
> > sam> I believe that the standard name for these is "nonprinting
> > sam> characters", but I may be wrong.
> > I don't know about any standard for this, but MSWord from Office2000
> > (via Tools->Options) calls them "Formatting marks". Perhaps MS called
> > it something else in earlier versions. That seems reasonably clear,
> > whereas to my mind "nonprinting characters" or "unprintable
> > characters" seems unclear. In this day and age, I am personally more
> > inclined to take the word "print" more literally as indicating
> > something that only applies when you send something to the printer.
> > (It would make less difference when/if there is a really simple sort of
> > context-sensitive help, akin to Win32's "?" window decoration.)
>I thought that was the idea. ??
>These characters are displayed on screen (if you want) but they do not
>print. Hence 'non-printing'. However, I certainly agree that this name
>is not particularily user-friendly.
> sam th
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