[wiki-standards] Some thoughts on WSR-3
salustri at ryerson.ca
Sat Dec 31 05:56:40 CET 2005
I'm not sure how to add this to wiki.wikisym.org, so I'm sending it out
on the list.
WSR-3 is about wiki interchange format.
I would like to suggest such a WIF would be extremely valuable, and
could be more important than "just" as an interchange mechanism.
It seems to me that every wiki shorthand is designed for the benefit of
the content provider. It's a human-centred syntax, and *not*
necessarily the way to save things to disk.
I envision a wiki engine that uses WIF as its file format, and
translates it into shorthand only on (edit) requests by the user. Thus
the engine could support different wiki shorthands simultaneously (one
could use a plugin mechanism to allow new wiki shorthands to be
downloaded as needed). Users could choose their favourite from a
variety of shorthands.
I also envision a small, efficient library, suitably ported to the main
platforms and major languages in which wikis are written, that parses
the WIF format and provides appropriate API to let wiki implementers
worry about other things.
...am I making sense?
Filippo A. Salustri, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
350 Victoria St, Toronto, ON, M5B 2K3, Canada
Tel: 416/979-5000 ext 7749
Email: salustri at ryerson.ca
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