Metadata syntax (was Universal syntax for Markdown)

John MacFarlane fiddlosopher at
Thu Aug 18 12:19:33 EDT 2011

+++ Sam Angove [Aug 18 11 12:26 ]:

> 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.

I have to agree that YAML is overkill for our purposes, and adds
a lot of complexity.

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