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From: This, that and the other <at.light(a)live.com.au>
Date: Sat, Feb 8, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Subject: [Wikitech-l] The <poem> tag to be known as <lines>
For some time, work has been ongoing on a merge of the Poem extension into
MediaWiki core  . (For those not aware, this extension  implements
a simple <poem> tag which, among other things, preserves newlines.)
Several developers have expressed the desire for an alternative name for
this tag, alongside <poem> (which of course will be kept for backward
compatibility). This is because the tag is sometimes used for various other
uses besides poetry.
There were many suggestions (see the bug report ), but it was eventually
agreed to use Michael M.'s suggestion of <lines>. This name puts the focus
on the individual "lines" of the content, which is exactly what the tag is
We almost had a collision with a previous proposal (<verbatim> conflicted
with a tag in use on Wikia), so we wish to ensure that no-one else is using
<lines>. No-one is yet aware of any MediaWiki extensions or other code
using a tag named <lines> in wikitext.
If you think the name <lines> will be an issue, or if you have any other
concerns with this merge, please speak up, either here or at the bug report.
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