[erlang-questions] Erlang and bbcode

Bob Ippolito <>
Fri Jul 13 02:43:27 CEST 2012

Sounds like an education problem to me. If I had to guess, I'd say that
markdown was done this way because it was somehow easier to come up with a
ball of regexes than make a complete grammar that did something useful.
Testing seems a lot more mainstream now than it was  when either of these
things were developed.

On Thursday, July 12, 2012, Richard O'Keefe wrote:

> I wonder if other people are getting the same take-home lesson from bbcode
> that I am?  It's
>  - we've had adequate notations for describing syntax since
>    1960, so why, more than 50 years later, are we using notations
>    presented in an informal and incomplete way?
>  - we've known about the importance of testing for nearly as long,
>    so why, in the 21st century, are things like Markdown and BBcode
>    promulgated without a common set of test cases?
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