The new sarcmark is the first novel piece of punctuation that I have seen for a long time, and solves a real problem in electronically written english communication, this being trying to use sarcasm without running the risk of offending the recipient who may miss your subtlety. I like it, and will try to use it, even though its got 3 problems as a concept:
1) its going to take some time to become widely known amongst the population to achieve its purpose.
2) its only being promoted as a “font”for windows and crackberrys. Not Mac and not Ubuntu or any form of linux as far as I can see from their site. Thats very clever and forward thinking. It also means that you cannt use it as a font unless everybody has it, typified by the fact that on the advertising websitre the originators cannt use their own product as unless you have the font you cannt see it, so they use a PNG image file of a sarcmark () instead. Thats a rare thing – a vendor who cannt use their own product as nobody else can read it unless you’ve already bought it – catch 22.
3) the originators are trying to patent it and charge $1.99 to download and use it, no doubt with some form of license. Some on guys, how do you propose to patent a piece of the english language?
Its a great idea, but just cut the commercialism out, open source it, and its use should just explode.
In the meantime, users could use the PNG version of the sarcmark () in html emails and webpages.