Rob Church wrote:
While browsing UseMod, as I almost never do, I came
following interesting comment on
"Several wiki engines have agreed to jump on board (including
MediaWiki and the Ward's original WikiWikiWeb)."
We have, have we? I was under the impression that we couldn't even
standardise our own markup, let alone support something else; I also
got the impression from the recent discussions in response to the
"announcement" that several developers did not see a significant
benefit in supporting it.
The question, then, is where this impression came from, and whether it
is correct; I'm directing this one at the release manager (Brion), and
his senior assistant (Tim). If the impression is false, then who on
Earth expressed this support?
It's probably based on my saying I might try to implement an
experimental mode for MediaWiki when I had time, which I have never had
time to do.
IMHO this creole thing is a dead-end, just as the attempts to do WYSIWYG
editing by transcoding back and forth between wikitext and HTML. The
long-term future of wiki text handling is most likely going to be
WYSIWYG based on an HTML/XML backend.
I see no benefit to mucking about to make a half-compatible,
frequently-breaking alternate-wikitext mode.
-- brion vibber (brion @ wikimedia.org