Community Group for Markdown Standardization

Boris Le Ninivin boris.leninivin at
Wed Nov 21 19:12:48 EST 2012

On 11/21/2012 06:04 PM, Michel Fortin wrote:

> Le 2012-11-20 à 20:36, marbux <marbux at> a écrit :


>> "Every MD implementation would have to have two behaviours, set either

>> by a command line flag, a configuration file, or a preference if used

>> with a GUI. One behaviour would be the individual behavior so that

>> the followers of that implementation wouldn't be left in the lurch.

>> One would be the standard behavior."


>> I think the behavioral switch could be handled automatically if the

>> standardized version has its its own doctype declaration and profile

>> header. If the doc has the doctype declaration, then process the doc

>> as the standardized version of markdown; if not, then apply the

>> implementation's unique default processing.

> If your idea of an improved Markdown is one that starts with a doctype, I'm afraid it won't get very far (with users and implementers alike).

I completely agree with that statment. The power of markdown is that it
is simple and natural. It's not simple and even less natural to put a
doctype. Even a shebang would be too much if markdown is to be spread
among the general public.

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