Metadata syntax (was Universal syntax for Markdown)

Sam Angove peasant at
Wed Aug 17 22:26:43 EDT 2011

On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 7:29 AM, Fletcher T. Penney
<fletcher at> wrote:


> The MMD format for metadata was actually taken from the Blosxom software

> that you mention.

And before that, almost certainly taken from the Internet Message Format [1]).

MultiMarkdown improves on the IETF version from a user's point of view
(and becomes more Markdownish) by making it legal to do lazy
line-folding. The result is something that's simple to write, simple
to parse, and exactly what a normal person would come up with if you
asked them to put some metadata at the top of a text file.

I think it's a perfect fit for Markdown.

YAML, by contrast, is complicated and outrageously heavy to include as
a dependency -- data merging, references, different types of folding,
user-defined data-types... you've got to be kidding.


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