[erlang-questions] erlang-questions Digest, Vol 13, Issue 126

Ulf Wiger ulf@REDACTED
Tue Jul 1 14:44:21 CEST 2008

2008/7/1 John Haugeland <stonecypher@REDACTED>:
>> We (collectively) promised to help Alexander - I promised to provide him
>> with a
>> rendering engine (in Erlang) for the wikipedia markup language.
>> Before I start hacking has anybody done this before?
> You're going to find this an extremely hard sell - I ran the idea past the
> Wikipedians almost two years ago, with a semi-functional proof of concept,
> and was basically booed out of the IRC channel on grounds that erlang/mnesia
> don't have the kind of penetration that PHP/mysql do.

But surely, as a Wiki user, I couldn't care less what language is used
to convert
my wikitext to HTML? If there were a wikipedia-compatible wiki library available
to the Erlang programmer, I could imagine all sorts of situations where wikitext
could be embedded.

Since wikipedia has become ubiquitous, writing a wikitext parsing library in
any language ought to be fairly risk free - I don't envision any major changes
in either syntax or display semantics.

Ulf W

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