On simplifying table syntax in any future markdown extension. (Use CSV)

mofo syne mofosyne at gmail.com
Fri Sep 5 09:13:40 EDT 2014

Michel Fortin. Thanks for reminding me of something I actually saw in
multiple emails and ascii documentation.

This is what I saw not too long ago. A table structure like this

        Year  |   Make  |   Model
        1997,    Ford,      E350
        1999,    Chevy,    Venture "Extended Edition"
        1999,    Chevy,    Venture "Extended Edition"
        1996,    Jeep,      Grand Cherokee

This is a good compromise I think. And will definitely fit what I seen
many times.

Btw csv is a pretty loose standard. So the above csv should work still
for many csv parsers.

On Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 10:57 PM, Michel Fortin <michel.fortin at michelf.ca> wrote:
> Le 5-sept.-2014 à 5:28, mofo syne <mofosyne at gmail.com> a écrit :
>> |:- Year -|:- Make -|:- Model  -:|
>> 1997, Ford, E350
>> 1999, Chevy, "Venture ""Extended Edition"" "
>> 1999, Chevy, "Venture ""Extended Edition"" "
>> 1996, Jeep, Grand Cherokee
> Doesn't make much sense to me. I mean, it doesn't look too bad until you get to the quoted text part and have to escape quotes using a CSV-style double-quote escape instead of the Markdown-style backslash. Also, quoting the whole value is required in CSV anytime you have a comma in one of your cell which isn't a rare occurrence.
> I think PSV (pipe-separated-value) is better because you're much less likely to have pipes in your text. And also it's better to reuse our current escape mechanism in the unlikely event you have pipes in your cells. And that brings us back to what everyone is already using for tables in Markdown, which aren't harder to maintain if you don't care about making the text form pretty.
> This is also a perfectly valid Markdown Extra table:
>         Year|Make|Model
>         ----|----|-----
>         1997|Ford|E350
>         1999|Chevy|Venture "Extended Edition"
>         1999|Chevy|Venture "Extended Edition"
>         1996|Jeep|Grand Cherokee
> --
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