(Note that I
think any conversation about parser changes should consider
the GoodPractices page from http://www.wikicreole.org/wiki/GoodPractices
If nothing else, perhaps there would be some use for the EBNF grammar
that was developed for WikiCreole.
WikiCreole used to not be parsable by a grammar, either. And it has
inconsistencies like "italic is // unless it appears in a url".
Good to see they improved.
WikiCreole only had a prose specification, hence it was ambiguous. Our syntax
definition improved that so that in theory (and practice) you could now have
multiple competing parser implementations. The issue with WikiCreole now is
that it is simply too small---lots of stuff that it can't do but that any wiki
engine will want.
The real reason why to care about a precise specification (that is not, as in
the case of Mediawiki, simply the implementation), is the option to evolve
faster. The real paper for this is
wouldn't it be nice if we could be innovating on a wiki platform?
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