[Taxacom] The 'X' factor

Jim Croft jim.croft at gmail.com
Wed May 19 16:24:48 CDT 2010

yeah, yeah... we know the rools... but there is no multiplication
thingy on the keyboard.

This 'rool' had its origin in the day when lead type was king and it
was as much of a pain to set the multiplication thingy as it was to
set an 'X'.

but the world has moved on, babies are issued with iThings at birth
and if something is not on an ascii keyboard it just does not
happen... no-one knows how to search on a multiplication thingy or
even enter it.  Heck, even the act of multiplication itself is done
with a '*'  :)

c'mon,.. admit it... we have all used the 'X', at least once, in our lives...

I have been watching this for years and have not seen a single example
where using an 'X' as the hybrid tag, in a database or a printed page,
is ambiguous. It just offends traditionalists. Shoot the lot of 'em!
It is the is the information content and communication that is

A tweak of the code would make everyone's lives a lot easier...

but hey, rools are for wimps... :)


On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 3:10 AM,  <dipteryx at freeler.nl> wrote:

> It is extremely silly to use a "x" (small letter x)
> where a "×" (multiplication sign) is prescribed.

Jim Croft ~ jim.croft at gmail.com ~ +61-2-62509499 ~
'A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point
of doubtful sanity.'
 - Robert Frost, poet (1874-1963)

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