Universal syntax for Markdown
alanhogan at gmail.com
Wed Aug 10 18:23:32 EDT 2011
On Aug 10, 2011, at 3:08 PM, Arno Hautala wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 16:29, David Chambers
> <david.chambers.05 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I don't understand why a significant number of people in this community feel
>> that Markdown is a special case and that each of us should be responsible
>> for extending it as we see fit.
> It's largely because Markdown is open source, so anyone can change it,
> but the owner is happy with where it stands, so the official line is
> The various forks could indeed get together and come up with a single
> standard, but it would have to distinguish itself from Gruber's
This is how I see it as well. We just need someone to officially brand a fork (an unsanctioned successor). No doubt it would be significant work, coordinating efforts from interested implementors, documenting the standard, shepherding test cases… but that person would have my complete respect.
I suppose I ought to put my money where my mouth is by throwing my hat into the ring. The two big reasons why I would not be an ideal leader are:
1. I am a start-up co-founder and most of my free time goes there. Furthermore I have not been a very active maintainer of my most popular open-source project. Thus it may be that I do not have as much time as would be ideal, or perhaps even sufficient.
2. I have not ever *written* my own Markdown implementation, though I have used several over the years (and once fixed a bug in an old version of Michel Fortin’s PHP Markdown Extra, though it turns out he already fixed it in a newer version, IIRC).
These are not trivial drawbacks.
On the bright side:
1. I love documentation
2. I love standards
3. I love Markdown
4. I have written relatively simple parsers before — once in BNF (defined a SQL variant), and once in C for a school project.
Your thoughts are welcome. Superheroes better suited to the task at hand are even more welcome. I am thinking of a few of you whom I would gladly follow into Markdown fork-land.
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