evolving the spec (was: forking Markdown.pl?)
bobtfish at bobtfish.net
Fri Feb 29 12:09:00 EST 2008
On 29 Feb 2008, at 16:52, Thomas Nichols wrote:
> Cases in point:
> * Feynman
> * Dirac
> * Bohr
> without thinking about inserting an extra line before the list to
> ensure that it gets correctly processed, aligning asterisks with
> zero indent so they get correctly processed, yada yada. Part of the
> joy of markdown (that sounds a little over-caffeinated) is
> precisely the laxity that makes it, I gather, so hard to implement.
That is also how I do it. :)
When I mentioned in a previous mail on the thread that I have found
lists one of the hardest cases, I wasn't joking, as I consider this
to be a valid case (albeit very much a psychotic edge case), and I'd
expect it to do "the right thing":
> Please bear in mind I know nothing about the implementation
> complexity of this: if it is infeasible to have such a loose
> approach, I'll still write in Markdown instead of DocBook/HTML, and
> will simply learn the "new" syntax.
I, personally, feel that trading implementation complexity for
'correctness' and ease of use is a good trade off in Markdown!
Getting a parser that is loose enough to do "the right thing" in the
above edge case is much less trivial than writing a strict parser,
but *well worth it*.
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