Revised 2005 proposal for meta-data
peasant at gmail.com
Sun Dec 31 10:14:37 EST 2006
On 12/29/06, Andrea Censi <andrea at censi.org> wrote:
> I wait for comments.
Are you wedded to the curly brackets?
The way I see it, Markdown already has a span-level metadata syntax:
This is [a link](http://example.com "Title").
In Python it might be this function:
def link(link_text, href, title=None):
# blah blah
But it could just as easily be this one:
def meta(text, href=None, title=None, **kwargs):
if not "element" in kwargs:
# blah blah
And exist in text like so:
This is [a link](http://example.com xml:lang="en").
[Not a *link*...](class="not-a-link" element="blink")
Like the curly-bracket proposal, something similar was also [discussed
in 2005], though only in relation to reference-style links and
I think it's more elegant, but that's obviously a personal preference.
* * *
The footnote syntax isn't official, but it's pretty popular:
Blah blah blah [^note_id] blah.
[^note_id]: Note text.
That's just arbitrary metadata applied to a specific point inside a
block. It's a natural syntax to extend to other types of metadata,
indicated by their own "magic" characters:
> Blockquote hooray! [@cite="http://example.com/" class="ext"]
## Heading [.classname]
The rules regarding placement etc. could be essentially the same as
they are in the curly-bracket syntax.
I prefer it because square brackets already indicate editorial content
(i.e. a form of metadata) in plain text.
Anyway, YMMV, $0.02, etc. Happy new year!
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