[Haskell-cafe] Markdown extension for Haddock as a GSoC project

Chris Smith cdsmith at gmail.com
Sat Apr 27 21:05:32 CEST 2013

Oops, forgot to reply all.
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From: "Chris Smith" <cdsmith at gmail.com>
Date: Apr 27, 2013 12:04 PM
Subject: Re: [Haskell-cafe] Markdown extension for Haddock as a GSoC project
To: "Bryan O'Sullivan" <bos at serpentine.com>

I don't agree with this at all.  Far more important than which convention
gets chosen is that Haskell code can be read and written without learning
many dialects of Haddock syntax.  I see an API for pluggable haddock syntax
as more of a liability than a benefit.  Better to just stick to what we
have than fragment into more islands.

I do think that changing Haddock syntax to include common core pieces of
Markdown could be a positive change... but not if it spawns a battle of
fragmented documentation syntax that lasts a decade.
On Apr 27, 2013 11:08 AM, "Bryan O'Sullivan" <bos at serpentine.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 2:23 AM, Alistair Bayley <alistair at abayley.org>wrote:
>> How's about Creole?
>> http://wikicreole.org/
>> Found it via this:
>> http://www.wilfred.me.uk/blog/2012/07/30/why-markdown-is-not-my-favourite-language/
>> If you go with Markdown, I vote for one of the Pandoc implementations,
>> probably Pandoc (strict):
>> http://johnmacfarlane.net/babelmark2/
>> (at least then we're not creating yet another standard...)
> Probably the best way to deal with this is by sidestepping it: make the
> support for alternative syntaxes as modular as possible, and choose two to
> start out with in order to get a reasonable shot at constructing a suitable
> API.
> I think it would be a shame to bikeshed on which specific syntaxes to
> support, when a lot of productive energy could more usefully go into
> actually getting the work done. Better to say "prefer a different markup
> language? code to this API, then submit a patch!"
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