RE: slashed zero in HTML code listings?

Subject: RE: slashed zero in HTML code listings?
From: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: 'Robert Lauriston' <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Andrew Warren <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 14:26:43 -0700 (PDT)


I think Andrew is right on this one. I just tried an experiment using IE 7, and I got a 404 error when I tried using the slashed zero character. There are probably a lot of people who, if they did a copy and paste to enter the URL and got an error message, would be unable to figure out what happened and would get badly upset. And then, of course, they'd blame you for giving them "bad" information.

And, can you imagine someone who isn't a keyboard guru trying to type in the URL by hand and being unable to figure out how to make the slashed character? Lots of potential for user heartburn there.


--- On Wed, 7/8/09, Andrew Warren <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com> wrote:

> Robert Lauriston wrote:
>
> > One thing I've always wanted to do that I've never
> managed to achieve
> > was to use a slashed zero in code listings in HTML and
> HTML-based
> > online help.
> >
> > The only monofont generally available is Courier New,
> and it doesn't
> > have that character.
>
> Robert:
>
> Courier New (among many fonts) has a slashed capital "O";
> is that close enough?  It's U+00D8; type ALT+0216 to
> see it.  It might even show up here, between the 2 and
> the 3: 12Ø34.
>
> Consider, though, what your audience will be doing with
> your HTML code listings. If readers will be copying directly
> from your listing to their text editors, it'd be best not to
> modify the listing at all.
>
> -Andrew
>




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