MultiMarkdown Version 2.0.b1 released

Fletcher T. Penney fletcher at
Tue May 15 16:32:39 EDT 2007

MultiMarkdown 2.0.b1 includes an update to the core MultiMarkdown
package, the Drag and Drop applications, the TextMate Bundle, and the
Sample Document. There are a couple of significant changes in this
release, as well as some bug fixes:

* change \textwidth to \linewidth in LaTeX export XSLT files (let me
know if this causes problems)

* add Windoze compatibility to the perl scripts (thanks to Jason
Bandlow for pointing out this problem, as well as for suggesting a fix)

* fix issues with glossary support and document the process

* complete overhaul of the way namespaces are handled
( is no longer needed, XSLT files are rewritten, -
nonet and -novalid should be optional for xsltproc)

* complete overhaul of the Drag and Drop applications to use the
“Common” MMD Installation (**This requires a change in all XSLT

* update to Markdown 1.0.2b8 codebase

* add optional support for the natbib LaTeX package (\citep and \citet)

The biggest changes are the Drag and Drop rewrites (they're useful
now!) and the namespaces (all XSLT need to be upgraded).

The plan from here:

* Get confirmation that windows is supported from the perl scripts

* Make sure that everyone is happy with the namespace changes in the
XML (if you don't understand this, don't worry about it. If you
write your own XSLT files, all XHTML elements have to be preceded by
html: (e.g. html:div and html:span).

* Get feedback on the natbib support

* Update the Test Suite

* Track down a few more bugs

* Release 2.0 (preferably after Gruber releases 1.0.2 final)

Then, I will look towards new features:

* I think the first required feature will be a syntax for assigning
classes to div's and span's, as this could be the basis for other new
features, rather than continually reinventing the wheel. One option
is <>. I'm not sure how I
feel about it, but I am open to input.

* A mechanism to allow raw LaTeX code (or even better support for raw

I hope you enjoy this release, and please let me know what you think!

As always:


Fletcher T. Penney
fletcher at

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