Proposed table specification (long!)

David Parsons orc at
Tue May 10 09:37:35 EDT 2011

On May 10, 2011, at 5:31 AM, Simon Bull wrote:

> Gentlefolk,


> I have been thinking on Markdown's lack of "proper" table support

> for a long while now. Here's where I have arrived...


> *Please note* that I have _not_ implemented this specification.

> This is all just hot air produced by an author trying contribute

> something toward better table support for markdown.

I think this is a case where you'd do better writing
a table preprocessor that implements your table extension.
Yours is a fairly complex implementation, and there's not
a painless way for people to try it out. The existing
table implementation (the php markdown extra one) is kind
of klunky and horrible, but the code is there and authors
can actually see a working implementation before going and
implementing it themselves. Yours, at least as of right
now, is just documentation and not very useful for getting
ones fingers into the pie.

-david parsons

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