On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 4:59 PM, George Herbert <george.herbert(a)gmail.com> wrote:
That we've multiply concluded that it will never
change doesn't mean
it won't; as a thought exercise, as I suggested in OtherThread, we
should consider negating that conclusion and seeing what happens.
Agreed. I think part of the problem in the past is that the
conversation generally focused on the actual syntax, and not enough on
the incremental changes that we can make to MediaWiki to make this
If, for example, we can build some sort of per-revision indicator of
markup language (sort of similar to mime type) which would let us
support multiple parsers on the same wiki, then it would be possible
to build alternate parsers that people could try out on a per-article
basis (and more importantly, revert if it doesn't pan out). The
thousands of MediaWiki installs could try out different syntax
options, and maybe a clear winner would emerge.