On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 8:48 PM, Subramanya Sastry <ssastry(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
On 08/03/2016 07:17 PM, Rob Lanphier wrote:
In our planning meeting (E250), we discussed this
issue as a
possibility for next week's ArchCom office hour (E259). We don't
(yet) have a specific RFC we can point to, but this seems ripe for a
discussion to answer whether we should work toward a spec. Thoughts?
Works for me.
I can take the email I posted, clean it up a bit, and
also pull additional
elsewhere that are relevant. The idea I have is to provide a very high level
view of what one possible spec might look like, and what that might enable.
Or, should I pull together something else that might be useful to guide the
I suspect User:SSastry_(WMF)/Notes/Wikitext is a really good
explanation that I suspect will be a good explanation for people who
have deep understanding of parsers and our parsing infrastructure. I
say "suspect" because I'm operating from a point of someone whose
knowledge of our system is wide and shallow. I fear that we're
coming from a wide enough set of perspectives about wikitext that
we're doomed to talk past each other, despite ample preparation.
Perhaps a good place to start for our 2016-08-10 conversation is with this page:
As of this writing, the last really substantive addition to that page
was in 2010. Maybe we can have a discussion about what should reside
at that URL, and where the content currently on that page should go.
Of course, it would be a lot more fun to have a celebration about how
awesome that page had become in the past week after I sent this email.
That probably won't be because I made the first (or any) edits to the
 Like the Platte River, which traveling pioneers described as "a
mile wide and an inch deep" and "the most magnificent and useless of