list corner case

Bowerbird at Bowerbird at
Tue Sep 9 01:41:34 EDT 2008

jacob said:

> This entirely contradicts Markdown's purpose and philosophy.

and aristotle agreed:

> That is my opinion too.

it _might_not_ (or might) be in alignment with the
"purpose and philosophy" of markdown, but hey,
it does not "contradict" it, _certainly_ not "entirely".

this is what gruber says under "markdown philosophy":

> Markdown is intended to be

> as easy-to-read and easy-to-write as is feasible.

> Readability, however, is emphasized above all else.

he continues:

> A Markdown-formatted document should be publishable

> as-is, as plain text, without looking like it's been marked up

> with tags or formatting instructions.

if the intent is ambiguous -- and it _clearly_ is ambiguous,
since no one here can state unequivocally what was meant,
which is why there are competing interpretations at work --
then the document certainly will not be _readable_, let alone
"publishable as-is". so it's out of the realm of the philosophy.

and if you privilege one interpretation, what you will be saying
to some people is that their other interpretations were flawed.
and they're _markdown_developers_, not just "ordinary" users.
so maybe it ain't as simple as the philosophy says it should be.

but, you know, i really _don't_ care... do what you will... :+)


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