[Wikipedia-l] Transitioning toward a clean wiki syntax.

lcrocker at nupedia.com lcrocker at nupedia.com
Fri Aug 9 21:23:16 UTC 2002

> Having [someurl] turn automatically into [1] is an elegant
> solution.  The heedless coder leaves a clean external link
> behind, not a godawful URL, which might be two lines long and
> rife with % signs, and the careful coder has a choice of simple
> footnote or prettified link.

Yeah, that's a pretty good argument.

How about this:

[http://www...] renders (a href="http://www...")[1](/a) with
autonumbering, [http://www...|text] renders (a href="http://www...")
text(/a) (the pipe can optionally be a space), and [http://www...|]
(note trailing pipe) expands to [http://www...|www...] ?

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