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From Bertrand Delacretaz <>
Subject Re: ReStructured text / wiki (was: [FYI] wild!)
Date Mon, 04 Mar 2002 07:09:17 GMT
On Saturday 02 March 2002 02:21, Stephan Michels wrote:
> On Sat, 2 Mar 2002, Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
> >
> > anybody wants to write a 'StructureTextGenerator' :)
>. . .
> You have ask me for examples for the chaperon project. Together
> with Bertrand Delacretaz I wrote a little wiki example, which
> looks very similar to me.

The wiki grammar that Stephan wrote for his chaperon parser is based on 
a simple example that I wrote on the PHPwiki demo site, based on their 

One problem that I see with the reStructuredText spec (and also, but 
less so I think, with TextFormattingRules) is the use of indentation 
for markup, which is IMHO too easy to lose when working with HTML forms.

On the other hand, reStructuredText looks more complete and more 
strictly defined than TextFormattingRules 
Maybe we could add an "alternate indentation" mechanism ("++" at the 
start of lines for example) to it?

>. . .
> A pure Wiki or some Wiki-like
> capability is needed for most portals to foster an active
> community.

I think the keyword here is "Wiki-like capability" - being able to edit 
rich text content easily in a standard browser. Structured text is 
killer for this today IMHO, until really usable (and "zero-install") 
XML editors are available.

Having full wiki capabilities (ability to create/link new content 
pages, versioning etc.) would sure be nice too, but the starting point 
is certainly a StructuredTextGenerator, which chaperon is able to 
implement today AFAIK.

 Bertrand Delacrétaz (,

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