Proposed table specification (long!)

Fletcher T. Penney fletcher at
Tue May 10 20:37:35 EDT 2011

Additions to the MMD table syntax (which is largely based on PHP
Markdown Extra) is probably one of the most common feature requests I

My response is usually always the same - I'll update the syntax when I
see a proposal that is:

* easy/natural to write
* easy/natural to read
* easy to program a computer to parse
* uncluttered

I realize that beauty is in the eye of the beholder in these cases,
but I have yet to see a proposal that beats the current syntax in all
(or even most) of these criteria. I would love to add additional
features to MMD tables (cells that span multiple rows, improved syntax
for wrapping long cell contents, etc) but not at the expense of
further complicating the syntax.

My $.02,


Fletcher T. Penney
fletcher at

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