[Mediawiki-l] Fwd: [Foundation-l] EBNF of Wikitext

Rob Church robchur at gmail.com
Mon Jan 22 13:51:06 UTC 2007

On 22/01/07, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm working on writing out an EBNF description of Wikitext at
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wikiWikitext_Metasyntax , which I hear is much
> needed, but have encountered a snag. I don't think EBNF has the power to
> describe Wikitext. If anyone here can work out how EBNF can describe
> Wikitext's system for bullet points, I'd like to see it. The problem is that
> bullet points can build on each other, except each new level has to retain
> the markup from the old level, plus a new symbol. e.g. **#* then **#* * then
> **#** * then **#*** # etc.

Put it on MediaWiki.org, not Meta.

> On the topic of "things that need to be done" if writing an EBNF of Wikitext
> isn't going to be beneficial for MediaWiki's longstanding success, I'll not
> bother, but is there anything that needs to be done like this to create a
> standard?

Defined parser behaviour is one of the prerequisites for a parser rewrite, IIRC.

Rob Church

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