The following reply was made to PR docs/20028; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: Rasmus Kaj <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Brooks Davis <email@example.com>
Cc: freebsd-doc@FreeBSD.ORG, FreeBSD-gnats-submit@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject: Re: docs/20028: ASCII docs should reflect <emphasis> tags in the source
Date: 24 Aug 2000 12:53:02 +0200
>>>>> "BD" == Brooks Davis <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
[ About making <emphasis> some kind of visible emphasis in text-only
BD> I've looked into this a little today. It looks like creating a patch
BD> which accomplishes this is pretty easy, but there are a few hoops to
BD> jump though. First, w3m delibratly doesn't support <i> tags at all.
BD> It parses them, but throws them out. This could be corrected if we
BD> wanted to do so. What is supported is <strong> which maps to <em> which
BD> in turn maps to <b>. I've generated a patch so <b>blah</b> becomes
BD> *blah* when -dump is specified. There's a good chance this is the wrong
BD> way to do this, but it works for me. How would people suggest I
BD> proceed? Should I implement Nik's suggestion of <b>bold</b> -> *bold*
BD> and <i>italics</i> -> /italics/ or just what? My concern about Nik's
BD> suggesion is that <B> is used in a number of places including FAQ
BD> Query's which I think it will look silly. I'm kinda thinking the right
BD> thing to do may be to change the style sheets to translate <emphasis> to
BD> <em> and only dealing with <em> in w3m.
Well, *foo* looks like bold to some, but isn't, really. Same goes for
/bar/ ... So, while I'm in favor of <strong>foo</strong> -> *foo*
and <em>bar</em> -> _bar_ or /bar/, I think <b> and <i> really should
be ignored when font controll isn't availible.
Also, you may want to make it possible to disable this stuff in
certain tags, for example, if you have an example command line that
% *rm* /junk/
... then there is bound to be some questions about that ... :-)
That said, I agree with the basic suggestion that it would be nice to
have e.g. <emphasis> render visibly in plain text.
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