New link syntax

Lou Quillio public at
Tue Mar 30 20:38:53 EST 2004

On Mar 30, 2004, at 8:04 PM, Aaron Swartz wrote:

> 	_John_ asked me about _the new elephant from Trolltech_. _I told him_ 
> I didn't
> 	know what he was talking about.
> 		[John]:
> 		[elephant]:
> 		[told]:

Aaron, you're proposing an unspecified alternate delimiter for link 
text.  Can't evaluate it without knowing what alternate you propose.  
Square brackets (unshifted) are already in use for this operation.  At 
first glance I thought you had a concatenator in mind ... which was 
interesting, but would have its own problems.

So *what* would you prefer to square brackets and why, considering that 
users may hack-in an alternate if they feel strongly?

On the subject of hacks, I wonder if MD shouldn't abstract the various 
delimiters into an easily-editable lookup array.  Easier to tinker, and 
might solve some localization issues later.  Don't see it in the 
source, but I'm way out of my Perl depth.


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