Markdown file extension

Fletcher T. Penney fletcher at
Mon Oct 9 20:52:31 EDT 2006

On Oct 9, 2006, at 7:32 PM, Michel Fortin wrote:

> Le 9 oct. 2006 à 18:50, John Gruber a écrit :


>> If you're going to go to six characters for ".mdtext", then why

>> not go to eight characters and use ".markdown"? That's what I

>> would use.


> Because ".mdtext" better conveys that the document is primarily in

> text format, it should be less intimidating to open for someone who

> does not know what "md" or "markdown" stands for. The extension is

> in itself an invitation to open the file in a text editor, which is

> probably what you'd want a user to do if he found a Markdown

> document somewhere.

I would not have thought of this, but it is a reasonable argument.

I cast my vote in the "I don't really care that much what it is, but
would love to have a consensus" camp...


Fletcher T. Penney
fletcher at

Modern society without organized religion would be like a crazed
maniac without a chainsaw.

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