david parsons orc at
Thu Feb 28 20:00:32 EST 2008

In article <9F6C6C2C-F48E-4BA2-BB5B-4F790CDE65B9 at>,
Tomas Doran <markdown-discuss at> wrote:


>On 27 Feb 2008, at 23:36, Joseph Lorenzo Hall wrote:


>> As many of you know, when a piece of open-source software languishes

>> with bugs for 3 years it's often forked is licensed under

>> the BSD license. (do `>tail -35 /path/to/`)


>> Has anyone thought of forking and maintaining (hopefully

>> with Gruber's blessing) to fix some of the known bugs?


>> I'm not volunteering (I'd be horrible)... just seeing if it's time to

>> have that discussion.


>I'm actively maintaining the CPAN modules Text::Markdown, and

>Text::MultiMarkdown, and longer term, I'd like these to become the

>canonical distribution.

Personally, I don't think that would be a very good idea. Not
because there's anything wrong with your implementation, but
because the current sticks fairly close to the syntax
document while your modules extend it in a variety of ways.

The fact that is moving very slowly is a feature
when it's the reference implementation. It makes it much
easier for new implementations to follow the spec when there's
a stationary reference that can be used for auditing.

-david parsons

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