[Hpr] Markdown for HPR Show Notes

Dave Morriss perloid at autistici.org
Fri Sep 11 12:17:52 PDT 2015


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On 11/09/15 13:42, Krayon wrote:
> I always GREATLY encourage the use of a standard over things like
> Markup. One such standard, and my personal preference, is Creole:
>     http://www.wikicreole.org/
> 
> For just a few reasons why a standard such as Creole is superior:
>     http://www.wilfred.me.uk/blog/2012/07/30/why-markdown-is-not-my-favourite-language/
> 
> IMHO Creole's syntax makes more sense than the gazillions (perhaps a
> slight exaggeration) of different versions of Markup too. It rocks.

I very much agree with the sentiment that standardisation is highly
desirable. I have observed the lengthy battles over the original
Markdown format, having been a long-time subscriber to the
markdown-discuss mailing list in the past (I left in 2011).

Creole, which I'd never encountered before, looks a fine markup, not
hugely different from MediaWiki markup at first glance. I'm sure we
could deal with it if people were to submit it. For example I found the
Perl module Text::WikiCreole after a brief search. I assume there are
plenty of other creole processors out there.

However, I note that Markdown seems to be moving towards
standardisation. There is currently an IETF draft document which I
assume could result in a standard and the establishment of the media
type 'text/markdown'. I'm not clear if this activity will result in
clear definition of the format or merely recognition of the variants,
but it feels like some sort of progress.

https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-ietf-appsawg-text-markdown/

Dave
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