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Can it be harder than LaTeX (did I get the stylization right?)? I remember fighting with this thing for the sole reason of everybody else doing it and brackets, which permeate scientific writing like mold are a friggin' nightmare. The escaping rules for them are less consistent than escaping in C for no good reason.
My wife wrote a big document with latex back then... I lost count how many times I had to jump in (without having learned latex) to get the format as she wanted and / or to fix things
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
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Actually, I don't mind that kind of key sequences as an input method, sort of like an extension of control characters and function keys. In an HTML editor, I wouldn't mind if two blanks followed by return would replace it with <p>[newline]<p>.
But actually, I hate HTML / XML as an input format; it is like writing a user application in x64 assembler code (with no debugger available). If you need markup/markdown, you are writing a text document. Then you should use a document editor, not documentation assembly code - whether you call it markup, markdown, Postscript, HTML, TeX or LaTeX - they are all like different document CPU instruction sets. Not document development languages.
Even MS seems to have lost sight of the benefits of a rapid application development (RAD) environment. In the 90s, MS created a great designer for forms in VB, and even transitioned the forms designer through conversion to assembler, then to C++.
But now, MS can't seem to hire people smart enough to make designers for XAML (Xamarin and WPF) and HTML (Blazor), and they are having trouble getting the long-existing WinForms designer to work with .NET Core.
How could developers of 25-30 years ago create such great WYSIWYG designers, but today's developers cannot?
Maybe MS and other companies that lean towards command line fuddy-duddery and hand-crafting UI are not hiring sufficiently mature and creative software engineers.
but it's disorder surely dissert wouldn't be last?
after many otherwise intelligent sounding suggestions that achieved nothing the nice folks at Technet said the only solution was to low level format my hard disk then reinstall my signature. Sadly, this still didn't fix the issue!
Depends on the type of question. If it's a "this doesn't work / what's wrong" then it's QA for sure. If it's a narrative or liable to be a long discussion, then the forums are a better bet as conversations is what they are all about.
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The discussion boards are for discussions. Possibly rambling, possibly focused, but free-form without necessarily requiring a reply to be an answer. Great for exploring or discussing a topic.
Quick Answers is for direct, specific questions and direct answers. It's not a place to have long discussions. Questions need to be posed in a way that means they are understandable and have a chance at being answered, and answers should be focused and to the point.
Discussions for discussing. Quick Answers for answering quickly.