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03-24-2000, 07:50 PM
The "underlines" between words, usually in names?
I only know two things;
I know what I need to know
I know what I want to know
03-24-2000, 08:02 PM
Some sites don't permit users to register screen names that contain spaces, so instead of signing up as Cecil Adams, you'd have to resort to Cecil_Adams or CecilAdams.
I don't know what the technical reasons are for this, but it's quite common. I had to use the underscore-instead-of-space in screen names for my Yahoo mailbox & a few other sites. I was surprised to see it was not a requirement of this message board..
03-24-2000, 08:45 PM
A different application, but based on the same software issues, occurs on many newsgroups. They do not have software to support bolding or italics, so they either use *asterisks* or _underscores_ to set off text such as book titles and magazine articles.
Even though I have seen *this* used many times it still looks wrong_and_I_keep_waiting-for something else to happen.
Plus my typing skills are marginal and * and _ really slow me down!
Glad SDMB doesn't require it!
Are you driving with your eyes open or are you using The Force? - A. Foley
03-24-2000, 10:03 PM
Well thanks, y'all. Kinda obvious, once you know. I, too, am glad it's not needed here.
03-27-2000, 03:45 PM
My computer teacher kept pronouncing * as "ass-te-rick." Not wanting to embarrass her in front of the class, I told her during a break to remember the quote, "I regret that I have but one asterisk for my country."
"Measure twice, cut once. Dang! Measure again, cut again.
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