Revised - Revised 2005 proposal for meta-data

John Gruber gruber at
Sat Jan 13 01:46:23 EST 2007

Jacob Rus <jrus at> wrote on 1/7/07 at 5:57 PM:

> This is a Bad Idea(TM) in my opinion. Because labels for reference

> links are case-insensitive, this allows for all sorts of unanticipated

> inconsistencies, without much tangible benefit. Sure, the extra pair of

> `[]`s is a bit ugly, but it's ugliness with the useful side effect of

> making the link obvious. With this new system, it is much harder to

> tell whether [blah] is intended to be a link, or just an editorial

> insertion. Masking that difference makes the resulting document less

> readable, especially if the reference comes much later in the document.

If you don't like it, don't use it, but I've been using this
personally for quite a while, and consider it indispensable. (1)
it's very convenient; (2) I've never once run into an unintended


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