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From: Carnë Draug
Subject: Re:
Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2019 16:40:52 +0000

On Mon, 4 Mar 2019 at 12:32, Kai Torben Ohlhus <address@hidden> wrote:
> Recently, I "Markdownified" the online version of the NEWS file and
> added some categories to avoid repetitive sayings like "... to be ML
> compatible.... will be removed from Octave 7...." which is boring to
> read:
>    https://www.gnu.org/software/octave/NEWS-5.1.html
> Now I am able to read the changes on my smartphone without
> horizontal scrolling as well ;-)
> Are there any objections against using Markdown for the NEWS file in
> general?  Octave already uses Markdown for the README file and the
> current style of the NEWS file is quite close to Markdown anyways.
> This makes it easier to create a good looking news announcements
> without to much post-processing on the website.
> By using a plain text editor the file is still readable [1] (even
> better if the editor supports Markdown-syntax highlighting).  The
> only drawback as with README is, that we cannot help the editor by
> adding a prefix like "NEWS.md".  This would violate the GNU Standard
> in automake [2].
> If there are no objections, I would merge my NEWS-5.1.md changes
> with the stable branch (omitting some website related additions) and
> Markdownify the current default branch.

Markdown is a family of syntaxes.  If we are going to use one of them,
can we document somewhere which one we are using and add a link to its
documentation?  Or maybe limit to a subset of the markup.

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