Hmm. I don't have that intuition about the slashes. I guess I'm used
to pronouncing slash as "slash" or "divided by" rather than "over".
I'd say the least ambiguous in terms of nesting is parens, either
balanced or not. ^1(2(3 really lets me know which way they're nested,
though the unbalanced parens do rub a bit the wrong way.
On May 4, 2006, at 11:39 AM, kerry_and_ryan@xxxxxxx wrote:
The cool thing about the slashes though is that they imply an over/
under relationship between characters in a horizontal row.
Is ^1+2+3 a tree or a nest? One would need to memorize whether the
digits show the pyramids top-down or bottom-up. ^1/2/3 is
obviously, "1 over 2 over 3," or a tree. I could see that same
relationship with a comma, which has the same diagonal orientation
as a slash, but the slash makes it blatantly obvious (as opposed to
I vote for the slash.
-------------- Original message ----------------------
From: Mark Lentczner <markl@xxxxxxxxxxx>
On May 3, 2006, at 8:14 AM, Eric Wald wrote:
Initial Tree: ^1/2/3
A Nest: ^3/2/1
pluses: ^1+2+3 ^3+2+1
So, I vote for the plus sign as separator between pieces in a stack.
Now, should I submit this standard to the IETF, ISO, ANSI, ECMA, or
all four? I'm reserving the upcoming Treehouse+XML format for W3C
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