Universal syntax for Markdown

Alan Hogan alanhogan at gmail.com
Wed Aug 10 22:18:32 EDT 2011

On Aug 10, 2011, at 7:09 PM, Michel Fortin wrote:

> But there is a fundamental difference between Markdown and HTML: some profitable browser makers cooperated and thus funded the HTML5 effort, but no one is making a profit maintaing its own Markdown implementation (quite the contrary in fact). So who will fund that effort for Markdown?


> That question is very important. There's a significant investment in time required from many implementors for standardization to work, and given the law of diminishing returns (the deeper you dig in the incompatibilities to fix the less impact you make) there's little to gain for the implementors themselves compared to the work required.


> Standardizing Markdown is a noble goal but I don't think it'll happen in the current climate where there's almost nothing to gain for the implementors by doing so.

I wonder if a Kickstarter project would be appropriate. In theory, it wouldn’t hurt to try, as if we did not get enough pledges, we would not be obligated to proceed.

Alan Hogan

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