Backtick Hickup

Jacob Rus jacobolus at
Mon Aug 20 17:45:10 EDT 2007

John MacFarlane wrote:

> If the suggestion is that the lexer is going to identify '**' as

> a "strong emphasis marker" and '*' as an "emphasis marker," prior

> to any parsing, I don't see how that's possible. Consider


> ***bold** in italics*


> ***italics* in bold**


> There's no way of knowing whether the initial two *'s should start

> strong emphasis unless you scan forward.

I really don't see why it can't recognize *** as a unique token, and
figure out how to do the right thing by just adding a few more rules.
This doesn't seem like an insoluble problem to me.


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