Semantic Line Breaks
Semantic line breaks are a technique for structuring plain text files. They can be useful in cases where you are writing in a markup language like Markdown, html, AsciiDoc, Gemtext, and so on. These markup formats automatically join consecutive lines, so the resulting output will be rendered as a paragraph of continuous text.
For example, I am writing this note using semantic line breaks. This is what it looks like to me:
The benefits of semantic line breaks are:
- While writing, the physical structure of the text reflects the logical structure of your points.
- While editing, you can easily move sentences around and quickly understand the intent of each point.
- If you are using a version control system like git, viewing diffs of documents is more pleasant.
To be honest, I don’t use semantic line breaks myself. However, it is something I have wanted to try get into the habit of doing for a while.