demarginalization, or, Re: whoops, world english again

Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM
Tue Apr 27 18:03:50 UTC 1999

This article looks interesting. It's a shame that it's almost unreadable because
it's so far indented that the second halves of the lines wrap around the margin
and appear in counterpoint to the first halves.

This often happens when one grabs a text off a web site and pastes it into a
word processor. The proper treatment is to delete the indentation. In a
mouse-capable editor, the fastest general way to do this may be to
     1. SELECT the indented space, from the left margin to the beginning of one
of the indented lines
     2. COPY it
     3. move the insertion cursor to the top of your copy of the article
     4. call your SEARCH-AND-REPLACE function
     5. PASTE that humongous stretch of white space as the text to "Find"
     6. make sure the text to "Replace" it with is empty, nothing at all
     7. click "Replace All".

-- Mark


                                The author of "Gain" and "The Gold Bug
Variations" picks five novels from the
                                edge of a new language.

                                - - - - - - - - - - - -
                                BY RICHARD POWERS

                                April 26, 1999 | The last 40 years have
witnessed the apotheosis of
                                World English, a phenomenon in many ways
without precedent in
                                the planet's history. English
literature, too, has been brilliantly
                                enlarged by an explosion of novels that
derive neither from the
                                British Isles nor from North America.
The de-colonizing of the
                                globe continues to produce colonial
revolts that forever change the
                                shape of the mother tongue. (The
linguistic determinists tell only


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