Markdown RFC?

Andrea Censi andrea at
Mon Feb 18 17:59:43 EST 2008

On Feb 18, 2008 2:31 PM, Petite Abeille <petite.abeille at> wrote:

> Has anyone considered writing a formal specification for Markdown?

Yes, it's called <g>.

In a nutshell: given that (and straight ports of it) do
processing using multiple passes of regex/replace, you cannot find a
syntax that captures's behavior exactly.

In my own Maruku, which uses a parser, I still have to figure out all
the subtleties in handling nested lists. I kind of gave up, because I
did not see the point in emulating all border cases (and bugs) in

Andrea Censi
PhD student, Control & Dynamical Systems, Caltech
"Life is too important to be taken seriously" (Oscar Wilde)

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