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Re: [MediaWiki] Markdown Syntax usage

From: Jonathan Garbee <jonathan@garbee.me>
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2012 15:42:54 -0400
Message-ID: <508EDC3E.4030700@garbee.me>
To: public-webplatform@w3.org
Thanks for the feedback on that one.  I went ahead and closed the issue 
as a WONTFIX since it seems even with only three responses that using 
markdown for the Docs won't be going anywhere.  I did mention that it is 
being looked into for the Q&A and noted Pandoc for conversion if needed.

Perhaps we should point that nice bit of software out somewhere since 
others may prefer to markup text in another syntax as well?


On 10/29/2012 2:33 PM, Janet Swisher wrote:
> +1.
> If you allow more than one syntax, then everybody who actively edits 
> on the site has to learn both syntaxes, because any given article 
> might be in one or the other.
> If someone has existing content in markdown syntax that they want to 
> contribute, they can use a tool like pandoc 
> (http://johnmacfarlane.net/pandoc/try) to convert it to MediaWiki text.
> Supporting it for Q&A might be OK, since posts don't need to be edited 
> by others.
> On 10/29/12 1:25 PM, frozenice wrote:
>> I agree that we don't need Markdown in the docs. It would just add 
>> another layer of complexity and I don't know how well the mentioned 
>> plugin plays along with our other plugins (it is marked as beta, too).
>> Markdown could be handy for the Q&A though. I'll work on the markdown 
>> editor plugin there again, now that I finally got over my 
>> cold/flu/whateveritwas. :)
>> Cheers
>> fro
>> On 29.10.2012 17:52, Jonathan Garbee wrote:
>>> Bug 19692 [1] is a request for Markdown Syntax to be added as an 
>>> option for editing pages.
>>> I personally don't see where this would come in handy unless we 
>>> started to use markdown as the primary syntax.  This would just add 
>>> one more way to do content which would just add
>>> to confusion on markup.
>>> What are your thoughts?
>>> Thanks,
>>> -Garbee
>>> [1] https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=19692
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