Wiki vs Markdown Style Links
This is just a question for my curiosity, not really about taking action.
If we embrace Markdown's syntax for document structure, why do we make an exception and use Wiki syntax for links? That is, for a link to a sister document, why does
[[SisterDocument]] seem to work better than
The Wiki style is more concise, I see that. But it seems to me there are three points favor of Markdown too:
- It's more completely descriptive, containing both a plain-language description of the link as well as a formal filename, even to a human reader seeing the unrendered plain text
- It could be simpler to remember one markup language instead of that language + exceptions
- Wouldn't HTML (as rendered by a Markdown processor) be more ubiquitous and future-proof than a wiki markup language?
I suspect the answer involves the writing/rendering app itself. I see that in nvALT's (Multi)Markdown preview, a Markdown link fails, with the full URL's path being a clue. When I use Marked, however, the Markdown link works. Perhaps Wiki-style works better for writing apps, while Markdown style works better for HTML-rendering browser apps?
Anyway, this is just a question for someone brainier than I, with some free time on their hands, to gently explain the obvious to me.
Thank you all. I'm elated that I found this community. It's helping me finally formalize so many nebulous thoughts!
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