[Haskell-cafe] [ANNOUNCE] Fmark markup language

José Lopes jose.lopes at ist.utl.pt
Tue Sep 18 16:34:25 CEST 2012


Why do you say that _italics_ and *italics* are semantically different?
What do you mean?


On 18-09-2012 15:30, Brandon Allbery wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 1:05 AM, Ivan Lazar Miljenovic 
> <ivan.miljenovic at gmail.com <mailto: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 <mailto:allbery.b at gmail.com>
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José António Branquinho de Oliveira Lopes
Instituto Superior Técnico
Technical University of Lisbon

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