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On Escape Character Proposal, we discussed whether a general escape character is necessary for Creole. After a long discussion, I would say that we reached the conclusion that it was necessary and there is now a decision as to which character to use: the backslash \ or the tilde ~ .

Backslash #

Advantages #

  • already used in computer languages

Disadvantages #

  • somewhat conflicts with the line break \\
  • possible conflicts with regular uses of backslash, such as in file paths

Tilde #

Advantages #

  • very few possibilities of conflicts, since it is hardly used
  • used as escape character on JSPWiki (other wikis too?)

Disadvantages #

  • hard to type on some keyboards, (not too important since the escape character should rarely be used)
  • conflict with automatic signatures on MediaWiki

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« This particular version was published on 08-Mär-2007 10:39 by YvesPiguet.