Discussion related to Markdown.
jm at jmason.org
Fri Oct 28 13:21:52 EDT 2005
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"Gee Starr" writes:
> >>> It is evident that the special rule set to disregard some
> >>> internal underscores is necessary. The simple underscore-emphasis
> >>> rule clearly violates the maxime that syntax should be designed
> >>>so that people don??t trigger it accidentally. Even you got snared
> >>> by it.
> >> Not for the first time, either. Thanks for pointing it out.
> > I propose a new design principle:
> > If it snags John Gruber, it's got to go.
> FWIW: This is by a long shot the most frequent complaint I encounter from
> users on several MarkDown implementations (one discussion board, two
> min-CMSs). It is particularly confusing to beginners or casual web users
> who are proud to have even learned how to copy a URL out of a location
> bar. :-)
+1! I'm on a private forum which introduced Markdown as an alternative
markup format recently, and I'd say a good 95% of the swearing-at-Markdown
is all down to this single feature. *
In my opinion, emphasis inside a word is very rare, and can be taken
care of with some raw HTML: "emph<em>a</em>sis"
(I'd be happy to code up a patch, if that'd help, btw.)
(*: the other 5% is people forgetting if one should use [foo](bar) or
(foo)[bar] to make a link. ;)
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