On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 6:43 PM, Thomas Dalton<thomas.dalton(a)gmail.com> wrote:
There is no proposal to replace wikitext with PHP (it
the proposal is to replace the template code, ie. the code on the
The OP does not say it is a recommendation to replace ParserFunctions,
it says, "our current templating system." In my mind that absolutely
includes the use of templates in the article namespace.
There are lots of usability improvements that can be made to the
templating system. First and foremost the new system should allow
advanced wiki users to perform programmatic operations on article data
without the requirement that the data in the article be made
If we only focus our efforts on making the template namespace more
complicated by giving it a more advanced programming language and we
leave the article namespace as it is then we have not even touched the
usability issue. We have just made it worse.
I do of course have some specific ideas about how to achieve this
goal, but I'm kind of in "shock and awe" that it's not seen as the
main reason for improving the template system!