I think this is intended to clarify that some instances of hypertext distinctly reference row objects. Last week, instead of the “@” character, it was the horizontal bar row icon. Adding that extra horizontal width screwed up some precise presentation I had created, and it also introduces confusing visual clutter to deliverables that clients shouldn’t have to understand.
Upon reading your post, I thought that perhaps they added a second icon to differentiate between a
row reference and an
@ reference. If they’re going to stick with this scheme, it would actually be useful and educational to be able to visually discern that one hyperlink is a
row ref while another one is an
@ ref. But it looks like they just changed from the little row bar icon to the “@” character for all row references.
Also, should the visual marker exist in any character set? Because that prepends to a pre-existing text string a strange text character that doesn’t belong in the text string. Or should it be an actual ICON that is not part of any character set? Like the row icon from last week. If the
@ concept is desired, it could be an
@ icon, not an “@” character.
These techniques for visual clarification are fantastic for helping new users understand the world of Coda. But it would be nice if they could be toggled off by users once they no longer need the training wheels.
I could envision an admin panel with all options defaulted to “on” for new users, but which could be toggled “off” by more experienced users, either globally or on a line item basis. Or maybe some global settings like “Beginner”, “Intermediate”, “Advanced”.