Let’s Standardize Markdown

By Deane Barker on October 26, 2012

The Future of Markdown: Jeff Atwood is trying to get all the big sites that use Markdown to agree on a specification for it.  I love this idea, and it’s sorely needed.

I propose that Stack Exchange, GitHub, Meteor, Reddit, and any other company with lots of traffic and a strategic investment in Markdown, all work together to come up with an official Markdown specification, and standard test suites to validate Markdown implementations. We’ve all been working at cross purposes for too long, accidentally fragmenting Markdown while popularizing it.

His goals are admirably humble.

I don’t want to extend Markdown by adding tons of crazy new functionality, or radically change the way it currently works, or anything like that. I’d be opposed to such changes. I just want to solidify and standardize the simple, useful version of Markdown that is working so well for everyone right now.



  1. I should have been clreaer – “this issue” I mentioned was intended to refer to your point (1).However, after further investigation, I think I can answer my own question:Either float the second inner div as well, or clear:left it to avoid overlapping and move it to below the first inner div. AFAIK IE will behave the same in these cases. It is only when a non-floated block box follows a floated block that the overlapping behavior occurs in FF (correctly I guess) but not in IE.

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