Proposed table specification (long!)
waysoftheearth at yahoo.com.au
Thu May 12 18:30:19 EDT 2011
Thanks for your well considered comments Dr.Drang,
I will take them on board along with all the others.
On Fri, May 13, 2011 at 2:33 AM, Dr. Drang <drdrang at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm late to the party, but I do use tables in Markdown quite often, so…
> Apart from the complexity of implementation, Fletcher's point about
> monospaced and proportional fonts is the main objection to the
> proposed syntax. I always use monospaced fonts, but not everyone does,
> and Markdown is meant to accommodate everyone.
> Michel's point about editing tables is also spot-on and ties into the
> monospaced/proportional problem. Frankly, getting the proper alignment
> when writing a table for the first time, even when using a monospaced
> font, is a pain in the ass. Maintaining alignment when editing is even
> harder—your example of adding a full line to one of the columns covers
> only the simplest case.
> The great thing about Michel's table syntax is that it allows you to
> avoid these annoyances. You can align the columns if you want, but
> you're not forced to. I happen to prefer aligned columns, which is why
> I wrote this little script,
> to do the alignment for me. But that's done outside of Markdown
> itself; it's just a way of satisfying my anal retentiveness, not a
> prescription for others.
> Also, I'd like to address your use of rules within the table. Markdown
> generates straight HTML—styles are left to the user's CSS. By adding
> features that put borders in the table, you're inserting styles into
> Markdown itself, which I think is a mistake.
> Let me end by saying that I've always thought John was wrong not to
> include a provision for tables in Markdown, and Michel's syntax
> probably can be improved, so I welcome this discussion. But if tables
> are to be included they should be simple, in keeping with Markdown's
> overall approach. Markdown is not intended to handle every situation,
> just the most common ones. The table formatting you've presented is
> far more complex than the formatting Markdown does in other areas and,
> I would argue, is beyond what Markdown should do.
> Dr. Drang
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