I took off the underlines, Lynan!! Though if you prefer the "pretty effect" I could put it back...
Yes, how to determine the point "al dente" is somewhat subjective, I noticed many italian friends cook their pasta softer than I usually do, or I would prefer. One of them intentionally do it bacause the pasta will bulk up more if you cook longer and make you feel like you have eaten more
But I perfectly understand the point Bucky is making, you have to take on anything with sensibility, not to the extreme just for making the point of it. I wouldn't enjoy semi-crunchy pasta, either!!