[Wikipedia-l] Transitioning toward a clean wiki syntax.
brion at pobox.com
Sat Aug 10 22:06:57 UTC 2002
The Cunctator wrote:
> On 8/10/02 4:20 PM, "lcrocker at nupedia.com" <lcrocker at nupedia.com> wrote:
>>An advantage of using double breackets only is that we'll then
>>be able to use single brackets as regular punctuation, which would
>>be especially handy in math articles, among others.
> Since the number of times we make links in Wikipedia vastly outnumbers the
> times we use single brackets as regular punctuation, it would benefit the
> efficiency of the project to have single brackets denote links.
> Or so the argument goes.
Looking at [[Wikipedia:How does one edit a page]], I notice that most of
our wiki markup breaks down into roughly two types:
One or more symbols at the beginning of a line; terminated by line end
- " " space for preformatted text
- *, #, : etc for lists
Two or more symbols, terminated by the same number of symbols:
- ''italics'', '''bold'''
- == Headings ==, === more headings ===, ==== etc ====
So using double brackets is:
* consistent with our other markup
* not a significant effort (oh no, double keystrokes!)
* much less likely to conflict with legitimate use of single characters
> The counter-argument I think would have something to do with the
> alternative, that is, how would we denote unmagical brackets when necessary?
Currently the very unwieldy <nowiki>[a]</nowiki>.
>>The answer to your first question is easy--you know where the code
>>is. Like everything else here in Wiki land, the "authority" falls
>>on the ones willing to do the work.
> Again, Wiki land != Wikipedia backend code development. What I'm saying is
> that being in charge of the code vests huge power, which behooves at least a
> front of humility. Is that coherent?
What do you want, the programmers should walk three steps behind
everybody else and not speak unless spoken to? ;)
-- brion vibber (brion @ pobox.com)
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