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From Kay Schenk <>
Subject [www] html instead of markdown (mdtext)?
Date Thu, 11 Aug 2011 16:12:15 GMT
I am proposing that we adopt plain HTML for the OOo website instead of 
the current markdown (mdtext) implementation.

I hesitate to make this recommendation given ALL the time and research 
Dave and others have already spent on the current incubator website, 
but, I feel, given that we will be migrating a rather large existing 
site, it makes sense.

I also realize that doing this will "break" the ability to use the 
webgui editing capability of the Apache CMS, forcing everyone to use svn 
for page updates. However, I don't have a good feel right now for the 
ultimate impact of that -- e.g. what do we expect in terms of web site 

This would allow us to continue to use the default template system 
(Dotiac::DTL) but eliminate the need for wrapping or intermixing 
markdown text with normal HTML. HTML files shouldn't require any 
"wrapping" functions at all I think, since this is the indigenous format 
for web servers. We would have to bypass header, footer and navigation 
items for anything that *isn't* html, like js, css files.

Unfortunately, I've had a very difficult time this week trying to find 
any information on the setup details of Dotiac::DTL (documentation not 
available) -- the relationship of the two .pm files to the template 
areas, etc.

I took at look around at many the Apache web areas (svn) at:

You will see, as I did, that the vast majority are not using markdown, 
and this is NOT a requirement.

Anyway, thoughts/comments on this proposal?

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