[Haskell-cafe] [ANNOUNCE] Fmark markup language

Brandon Allbery allbery.b at gmail.com
Tue Sep 18 16:30:27 CEST 2012

On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 1:05 AM, Ivan Lazar Miljenovic <
ivan.miljenovic at gmail.com> wrote:

> to it (though I agree that Markdown has some odd choices; in
> particular, the ability to use both _ and * for italics whilst
> requiring ** for bold).

The odd thing is, I've found that I use those constructs "naturally" (i.e.
when simply writing text in a text-only medium) in pretty much exactly the
way Markdown uses them.  _italics_ and *italics* are semantically different
(I tend to use the former for titles and such) but are both usually italics
in my normal usage.  (There's also /italics/ but that is not very
widespread.)  I do tend to use # instead of = for headings but that's kinda
stolen (and mutated) from a different variety of non-natural markup.

I suspect that when the dust has settled, it'll turn out that Markdown is
pretty much right.  Maybe with some tweaking, but largely it represents
(and IIRC was derived from) actual in-the-wild textual usage.

brandon s allbery                                      allbery.b at gmail.com
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