Proposed table specification (long!)

Simon Bull waysoftheearth at
Tue May 10 21:22:37 EDT 2011

Hi Fletcher,

Should I assume that you mean the proposed syntax falls short in one or more
of the four categories you identified?

If you care to elaborate on some of these short-comings I would be very
happy to alter my proposal in order to meet the needs of a wider audience.
That was in fact the purpose of proposing it at all.

Thanks for your comments,


On Wed, May 11, 2011 at 10:37 AM, Fletcher T. Penney <
fletcher at> wrote:

> Additions to the MMD table syntax (which is largely based on PHP

> Markdown Extra) is probably one of the most common feature requests I

> get.


> 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



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