Trouble with parentheses in Markdown hyperlinks

John MacFarlane jgm at
Sun Oct 21 18:38:54 EDT 2012

+++ John Gruber [Oct 18 12 22:20 ]:

> On 17 Oct 2012, at 9:40pm, Alan Hogan <contact at> wrote:


> > I do have to warn you, however. While a number of maintainers have gone to great lengths to maximize interoperability, there *is* no BDFL (benevolent dictator for life)


> Yes there is. I believe Markdown has thrived and continues to grow because I haven't fucked around with it. The canonical docs are those on Daring Fireball.

Unfortunately, those docs are vague on a number of important questions (I'm
not talking about corner cases). I've tried to list a few of them here:

I hope you'll consider weighing in on some of these things and
clarifying the official documentation. I don't see how this would
prevent markdown from growing and thriving. It is frustrating for those
who write in markdown to find that their documents get interpreted
differently by different markdown processors. And it is frustrating
for implementers not to know when something is a bug.


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