Thanks to all for the speedy replies. The tone of the post was indeed snarky; I was actually posting mid-room-rant, typing even as I grumbled aloud, proving the point to the writers that I could summon up the technical knowhow necessary to lick the perceived problem within seconds because My Commenters IS Smarter Than I (tm Ezra Klein).
As many of you surmised, I mispoke in the post -- I was talking more about how we format information for display rather than about literally print-format issues. All those who commented and e-mailed, thanks, and I will reply within a day or so. It's part of a larger discussion about how some information should just stay dumb, but we'll tackle that in a bit.
Again, thanks, and I'll reply imminently.