Metadata syntax (was Universal syntax for Markdown)
fletcher at fletcherpenney.net
Mon Sep 19 11:31:54 EDT 2011
Side note - the actual Hamlet line has a colon at the end of the line.
So it would be fine in MMD.
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On Sep 19, 2011, at 10:30 AM, David Sanson <dsanson at gmail.com> wrote:
> The reStructuredText field list syntax might be a reasonable compromise.
> I like the fact that the metadata can occur anywhere in the document.
> The [RST spec] itself says that the leading colon can be dropped "in
> well-defined contexts such as when a field list invariably occurs at
> the beginning of a document (PEPs and email messages)." As John's
> example from Hamlet shows, this isn't the case for markdown documents.
> But it would be possible to grandfather in existing MMD documents by
> insisting, as MMD does, that first lines that contain a colon are
> unambiguously metadata, with apologies to Hamlet. Or one could
> introduce a delimiter, like `--`, and say that lines before that
> delimiter are unambiguously metadata, and so don't require the leading
> Frankly, I don't think it wouldn't be a terrible thing if
> implementations disagreed on this one detail---when is a leading colon
> required?---but agreed on everything else. Those who wish to trade
> flexibility for beauty could leave off the leading colon; those who
> value inter-operability over beauty could leave it on.
> [RST spec]: http://docutils.sourceforge.net/docs/ref/rst/restructuredtext.html#field-lists
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