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I'm here as a simple amateur of all kinds of languages (including some human ones ;-)). Discovered this project while searching for improvements for the wikiDot markup, a really great wiki which engine is beeing delivered as open source. Have looked around, thought and designed a lot already. I'll try to expose the results of this reflexion progressively, here and on talk pages for specific topics.

personal position#

I'm rather looking for a basically better wiki markup language, than for one compatible with the present markups. So that principles such as

  • no conflict
  • not new
  • (not really expressed but very present:) mostly used
are not relevant for me: they're rather second stage criteria. What I mean is that, to my opinion, these criteria are fundamental for a interwiki-only markup, precisely for mixing creole with local markup -- which sounds a bit alien to my ears. Otherwise
  • author-friendliness
  • clarity/simplicity/consistency
  • speed to learn/memorize/master
are much more prominent goals.


:A "cuttink" mark, usually inserted by pressing the return/enter key, which is both a character that creates a new line and, in most cases, a tag that starts a new section (see comment about this below under 'page structure').
:A chunk of text between newline marks (except at start/end of page where there may be no start/end NL) (section = cutting)
:A bit of text inside a section -- may be enclosed in style delimiters
:Either a sequence of sections of the same type, or a part of page included as a hole instead of beeing written (e.g. TOC, note list, image) -- see "page structure"
header / body
: Major semantic tailoring of a page. A header is a section ; a body is a sequence of blocks -- see "page structure"

page structure#

semantic page structure#

please improve & criticize on talk page

note the major difference between semantic & markup page structures

page             : title body
body             : block*
block            : title | regular_paragraph_block | bullet_list | number_list | table | imported_block | computed_block
title            : =+ regular_text NL
paragraph_block  : paragraph+
paragraph        : text NL
bullet_list      : bullet_list_item NL
bullet_list_item : *+ text NL

page     :: title body
body     :: (block)*
block    :: title | paragraph_block | list | table | imported_block | computed_block

n o t e s

what I prize in creole#

  • the word "creole"
  • the consensus processus
  • the focus on the most important features
  • the trend toward intuitiveness (self-explaining tags)
  • more & more

what I miss / what I don't like#

topics that will be further explained below/later

  • page title (!=page_name) & subtitle
  • sub-headers
  • "distinct" (example, quotation, remark, advice) & "important" sections parallel to "distinct" (italic) & "important" (bold) segments
  • syntax for all kinds of magic-words, variables & functions -- see for instance wikiMedia variables
  • syntax for "imported" blocks (page, image, widget...)
  • syntax for "computed" blocks (toc, index, page list...)
  • nowiki and monospace should be totally distinct !
  • syntax for native (x)html, including (java)scripts (I propose most simply to double <> tags to )

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« This particular version was published on 14-Sep-2008 03:29 by spir.