D L X wrote:Okay. I don't like it.
What is the point if the poster has to manually indicate that he wants the airport code translated? My bet is that most posters will not do that, so the descriptive text will never show up. Furthermore, (speaking from my perspective), I know what IAD, JFK, DCA and BOS are. If I'm the one typing a post, I'm definitely aware of what the airport codes represent. The situation where I NEED the airport codes are where I *didn't* write the post, especially for posts about airports not in North America.
I'm going to cast my vote in the opposite direction, to even up the score.
I have always carried the thought in my head that wherever communication problems exist, "the fault is usually at the transmitter".
With human speech or in this case text, that means the author, i.e. you (or me). I think it would be a good thing if every time we write a post, we automatically consider potential recipients of our mumblings, and whether the message we are sending will be received and understood by all. It stops us from being insular, and sometimes it needs someone from far away to say "where the hell is IAD?" for us to realise that there is another world out there.
Your bet is that most posters will not do that; I am equally sure the @ habit is one we could all pick up in a very short time.
If this was a tennis match, that makes the score "deuce".
(I agree with you that the old mouse rollover/hypertext was the best solution, but if that ain't happening...)