Github-style fenced code blocks

Michel Fortin michel.fortin at
Sat Sep 28 08:28:30 EDT 2013

Le 27-sept.-2013 à 13:50, Aristotle Pagaltzis <pagaltzis at> a écrit :

> * Michel Fortin <michel.fortin at> [2013-09-27 13:50]:

>> I despite the syntax -- it also happens to be a valid code span!


> I share that concern. OTOH I always found the tilde fences supremely

> ugly. The backtick fences aren’t objectionable to me in the same way.

> Thus I’ve never been happy with either; I am, if you can find it in

> yourself to forgive the heinous pun, on the fence…


> Meanwhile I have reluctantly gotten used to triple backtick fences on

> GitHub because as far as I knew they were the only way to get syntax

> highlighting in comments. And frankly, even now that I know that tilde

> fences are supported, I doubt I’ll use them (because ugly). I think out

> of these options, I’ll go with using backtick fences while pining for

> a *good* choice – some option that qualifies for my enthusiasm rather

> than my least reluctance.


> And so I appreciate Markdown implementations supporting them even though

> I dislike them.

Well, whether they're ugly or not depends a lot on your font. (Not that I'm suggesting to change font.)

I've pretty much set my mind on adding support for them now. Thank you to all those who gave me feedback on this.

Michel Fortin
michel.fortin at

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