Lou Quillio public at
Sun Mar 16 21:53:13 EDT 2008

On 3/16/08, John Gabriele <jmg3000 at> wrote:

> Those three things I think would pretty much satisfy a large swath of

> currently unsatisfied users.

You're close, IMO. Definition lists and an explicit code block
delimiter that doesn't depend on indents (yet nevertheless nests as
written) are the big gaps. Table syntax is just a matter of
completeness, and choosing one of the usual suspects. Class and id
attributes are part of a different bundle and might be in the
extension space. The ambiguity of `_`, `__`, `*`, and `**` is an
unfortunate design flaw that likewise can be sorted in the extension
space, or not.

You're right, though, that recent complaints here are legitimate where
they consider Markdown's unfinished business. They are illegitimate
where they would lift the term 'Markdown' to an unsanctioned scope or
purpose. Those folks can build their own tool and give it a new name.


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