[WMS] Re: Thoughts on standards

  • From: Franck Martin <franck@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: wiki@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 07 Oct 2004 10:18:35 +1200

I totally agree with what you are saying.
I found out also that one meta rule of the wiki syntax must be:
**Any person can still read the text with all the wiki mark ups.**

This is not possible anymore inside an XHTML document or even HTML if 
you don't know the syntax.


Sunir Shah wrote:

>I don't think of WikiSyntax is not like a programming 
>language at all. I can see why programmers look at it 
>like that, but that isn't the best practice, I think.
>It's best to ignore the concept of wiki syntax and
>look at it from the point of view of a user. From their
>point of view, they just want to bash text into the wiki
>and have it work. The wiki's job is to make the text they
>bash into the wiki look good, and 'do what they mean'. 
>The purpose of the syntax description is a script-oriented
>view. When that viewpoint finds itself into the user's
>mindset, it is jarring and annoying. Rather, wikis are good
>because if you can type and drool on the 'Save' button, they
>do something.

Franck Martin
ICT Specialist
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