TheOptimizationIdiot - 9:33 pm on Apr 13, 2013 (gmt 0)
Oh! Just re-read, you said in code. Didn't get that the first time. (Note to Self: Reading is still fundamental!)
Definitely, absolutely agreed. But SEs are trying to figure out WTF people mean in English, not code, and I don't have proof, but I'm careful about using the : in titles.
Along the same lines, have you ever noticed the trailing : on the forum index page title here? (It's "Google SEO News and Discussion:") Brett Tabke wrote the software and has been coding what, 30 years or more now? Do you think he accidentally left the : on the page title or couldn't figure out how to remove it if he wanted to? Hmmm... Again.