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Re: Markdown processor recommendation?

From: Rik
Subject: Re: Markdown processor recommendation?
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:59:10 -0700

On 10/21/2019 06:10 PM, Kai Torben Ohlhus wrote:
> On 10/22/19 9:35 AM, Rik wrote:
>> On 10/21/2019 05:05 PM, Ardid, Salva wrote:
>>> El dilluns, 21 d’octubre de 2019, a les 19:52:38 EDT, Rik va escriure:
>>>   Does anyone have a recommendation for a Markdown processor?  I did the
>>>   obvious thing and used the 'markdown' Debian package, but it is code from
>>>   2004 and does an awful job on the Octave NEWS file.  I want to convert the
>>>   NEWS file to something else, like HTML, so I can preview how it appears.
>>>   --Rik
>>> I strongly recommend using discount:
>>> http://www.pell.portland.or.us/~orc/Code/discount
>>> https://github.com/Orc/discount
>> I tried discount Debian package and it produces the same odd rendering for
>> the first sentences of the NEWS file.  Dang!
>> The NEWS file begins
>> - The `intersect`, `setdiff', `setxor`, `union`, and `unique` functions
>>   accept a new sorting option `"stable"` which will return output values
>>   in the same order as the input, rather than in ascending order.
>> Either markdown or discount produce
>> <li><p>The <code>intersect</code>,
>> <code>setdiff',</code>setxor<code>,</code>union<code>,
>> and</code>unique<code>functions
>> accept a new sorting option</code>&ldquo;stable&rdquo;` which will return
>> output values 
>> in the same order as the input, rather than in ascending order.</p></li>
>> The comma character ',' seems to be messing up the markdown parser. 
>> Instead of each single function name getting wrapped in <code>...</code>
>> blocks, the wrapping seems arbitrary.
>> --Rik
> Rik, I think all Markdown tools did a great job.  Our Markdown markup in
> your mentioned case was bad, see
>    https://hg.savannah.gnu.org/hgweb/octave/rev/7f1fbc0541bd
> Markdown is a super plain robust standard, I can hardly imagine that
> tools from 2004 would not do a great job, when neglecting GitHub
> Flavored Markdown, Kramdown or other newer extensions.

Thanks, that fix takes care of it.

After clearing that hurdle, I reviewed the resulting HTML and there were a
few other places that didn't render well.  I fixed those up here
(https://hg.savannah.gnu.org/hgweb/octave/rev/207e0bc53cdd), although I bet
the double spaces at the end of one of the lines--which are required to
introduce a line break in HTML--get deleted in the future by someone intent
on cleaning trailing spaces.


> Kai

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