With best wishes for sagisou – The weather is not good, hope you are fine and healthy.
If you haven’t edited The Great Wikipedia anytime, I recommend giving it a try. Since what I discuss here is related closely to them.
This is the story of Wiki markup language.
For a long time studying at university, I always wonder how people can build such complex architecture like .NET Platform, Java, since it took an ordinary student months of learning just to touch the surface. When I began going to work, that fact is reinforced day by day: I almost certain that I don’t fully understand 90% of the libraries used in my projects. “Just believe the creators and use them – you are only big if you stand on giants’ shoulder”. But a question pop out: if mankind continues building such high-level technology pyramid, how long it will take for them to forget the ground?
Most of the syntax is not hard, but some part(especially table) is very very confused! Why they ever make a language like that??
The Wiki Markup Origin
According to Wikipedia, Wiki Markups is the kind of languages which born to ease the normal writers: who don’t need to be a good HTML coders. Well, you may say that HTML is not hard, but the fact is that it’s magic to non-technical guys. In short, a new tool is built to do a simple job, which can be done with current tools instead.
But it’s not the only reason.
The second reason: in Wikipedia (and any other kind of Wiki) – the focus is knowledge, the content, how are they organized, not how they are showed for the eyes. A simple syntax will solve that problem easily, without making too much trash of bad HTML code.
For all those reasons, I think Wiki Markup is a good idea. A good tool helps people do things better than before, and it’s doing a good job.
But it still has much to improve, or I will continuously complain about the marking-up tables.