[off-topic] Re: [TxMt] Automated way to keep SVN repository in sync with local files?

Sami Samhuri sjs at uvic.ca
Sat Feb 25 20:14:58 UTC 2006

On 25-Feb-06, at 7:07 AM, Benoit Gagnon wrote:

> On Feb 25, 2006, at 3:55 AM, Eric Coleman wrote:
>> Not to hijack the thread or anything, but the way you formatted  
>> your email, did you do that on your own?  I.e. the links.
> Oh, this is all manual work :) I got inspired by the Markdown  
> syntax, DaringFireball website and other messages from this very  
> list, but I believe it is a pretty common practice. I think it's a  
> great presentational technique both for the writer and the reader.  
> I will generally put all the [x] marks in the text as I write, then  
> go on a quest to actually fetch the URLs for those links. ...

I think I first noticed this notation in the Gentoo Linux weekly  
newsletter. My linux box has been neglected since I got my Mac, but I  
used to use mutt[1] (console mail client) for reading mail. Mutt also  
likes to KISS and pipes the messages to urlview[2] which is a small  
app to show you a numbered list of all the links in the message and  
launch your browser when you make selections. When the [xx] numbers  
match up with urlview's numbers (that is, _every_ link has to be  
numbered in the message) it makes it easy to find the link you want  
to visit out of the 30+ links in the newsletter (type the link # and  
enter). Seems to be a pretty useful convention. I have no clue where  
it started though.

[1] http://www.mutt.org
[2] http://pdb.finkproject.org/pdb/package.php/urlview

Sami Samhuri

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