I am planning to write an article that would use two colors to distinguish between "map" and "territory", kinda like in The Neverending Story. In other words, instead of:
The sentence 'snow is white' is true if and only if snow is white.
I want to write something like:
Snow is white if and only if snow is white.
In general, the quote marks have the advantage of unlimited nesting, but I don't need it now; my article will have exactly two levels, not more. On the other hand, I feel that the bicolor version may be easier to perceive instinctively; the words referring to the map and the territory are not only surrounded by marks, they look differently by themselves. Also, quote marks are generally used for various purposes (quoting, irony, etc.), so authors emphasise the "this refers to map, as opposed to the territory" usage by not saying merely "X", but "the sentence X", "the words X", "the text X", etc. By removing such words, even my example here is shorter.
So, how to do this technically?
- If I understand it correctly, Markdown doesn't support colors, but you can replace Markdown editor with Rich text editor in user settings, and the Rich text editor supports colors. Am I right?
- Alternatively, instead of colors, I could use italics or bold font, just like I did in the example here. Not only is this simple in Markdown editor, but as an advantage, if some blind people read this, their software would probably pronounce those words in a different voice, making the article more accessible. (Is this true? Can anyone confirm?) The minor disadvantage is that I will not be able to use the italics or bold font in the usual way in the article, but I think I can live with that. Though, as you see, I love using italics, so I would probably use bold font for the map-words.
- (For the sake of completeness, using CAPITAL LETTERS would also be an option, but it is an ugly option I would rather avoid.)
- And maybe more of the above could be combined, e.g. the words referring to the map could be written using italics and different color. That would make them even more stand out of the remaining text. Is it worth the extra effort?
Is there another option I missed here?
Which option would you prefer? I care about everyone's opinion, but the perspectives of colorblind or blind readers are especially valuable, because using a wrong option might completely ruin the article for them.