Proposed table syntax
alists at vertebrate.co.uk
Wed Oct 20 14:45:24 EDT 2004
On 20 Oct 2004, at 19:20, Jelks Cabaniss wrote:
> Precedents exist. See for example [reStructuredText]'s, [Grutatext]'s
> [TexTile]'s implementations.
> [reStructuredText]: http://tinyurl.com/5s7mk#tables
> [Grutatext]: http://www.triptico.com/download/README_grutatxt
That's just *way* too long winded. both for the regex and for a human.
I'd rather write the raw HTML than go through all that. I do write html
tables by hand quite a bit though, or rather regex them into existence.
> [TexTile]: http://www.textpattern.com/help/?item=table
that one's alright but I prefer the original posted syntax myself.
> Then there's a table with table heads across the top row:
> First Name Last Name URL
> Jeffrey Zeldman http://www.zeldman.com/
> John Gruber http://www.daringfireball.net/
> Joshua Davis http://www.joshuadavis.com/
regex wise I'd say a cell separator (</td><td>) should be one or more
tabs and possibly, more than 1 space( but I can see problems with that.
I wouldn't make it a fixed number of spaces or tabs as people sometimes
add extra ones to fix layout issues in email etc. like above.
Doing it with 1 or more tabs leads to a problem if there were empty
cells, you'd need to mark a cell as empty, maybe with something like
Something I'll be putting in my own markup anyway, so even if John
doesn't go for it you can have my regex when I've done it.
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