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There are two possible approaches to definining syntax of links with descriptions -- they differ in the order in which the address and the link description appear in the raw text of the page. Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages -- in the end the preferences depend heavily on personal habits and style -- thus there is a number of wiki engines with one or the other approach. This is veru unfortunate for Creole, because no matter which option we choose, we make implementing the MixedMode in some engines impossible.

Initially, we have chosen to follow the voice of the majority, and choose the way of the UseMod wiki, with the address first and description last. The reason is simple -- many wikis based their markup on the UseMod's rules. There is, however, a number of text markup standards that use opposite order -- most notably CrossMark.

There is however a third way -- introducing own link markup format, that wouldn't conflict with markups of existing wikis.

Change Proposal #

[[ description -> link ]]

Advantages #

  • used by PmWiki, so it is Not New
  • works better with international keyboards
  • more intuitive than using a pipe |
  • easy to remember which is description and which is link

Disadvantages #

  • new for most users

Current Syntax in Creole #


Advantages #

  • currently most used wiki syntax

Disadvantages #

  • not intuitive
  • difficult to find on international keyboards
  • considering the order is different in different wiki engines, confusing to remember which is link and which is description

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« This particular version was published on 16-Jan-2007 12:13 by ChuckSmith.