< I don't understand the meaning of <verbatim>. If it is just a way to
< turn off "reflow", then fine ... great! In fact, it's reasonable for
< enclosing indentions to affect such a <verbatim>. But if it is a way to
< temporarily suspend interpretation, YUK! Another "special case", but
< with a *really* ugly k-map. Nastier than <<.
Aside from the ugliness of the syntax of how to turn it off, the
functionality of <verbatim> is absolutely necessary. In fact, I've
implemented some mail generating code that I don't see how to implement
easily without using <verbatim>.
Like I said before, the code to implement <verbatim> was all of ~25 lines in
the metamail richtext program.
No, <verbatim> should NOT be removed.