[Standards] Markdown in XMPP IM

Travis Burtrum travis at burtrum.org
Wed Jan 6 13:36:46 UTC 2016

On 01/06/2016 08:00 AM, Peter Waher wrote:
> Sending markdown encoded as markdown has several benefits.

But also many downsides, there is not really such a thing as a markdown
standard.  There are different 'flavors', such as
github-flavored-markdown, and then there are just major/minor
differences in various markdown libraries.  A newish effort is
CommonMark[1][2], and it is strictly defined, but has only a few
implementations at last check.

Point being, you couldn't write a XEP talking about 'markdown' alone and
expect it to be very compatible across implementations.  I'd instead
suggest client-side support for markdown, but sending it as HTML with
the raw markdown as the text alternative.

[1]: http://commonmark.org/
[2]: https://xkcd.com/927/

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