Feedback request | Documentation site reorg, switch to Markdown

Chris Perry clissold345 at
Sun Feb 19 10:10:00 UTC 2017

Morning all

I wanted to pick up on Stephen's use of the term "semantic
documentation markup". (I'm basically agreeing with some of the points
he made.) Markdown isn't a semantic language, which means that it
knows almost nothing about the structure of the documentation it is
used for. One wouldn't choose to use Markdown for structured
documentation because the advantages (and it has some) would be
outweighed by the disadvantages. For example, one wouldn't choose to
use it for online help (for example, the Ubuntu desktop help).



On 19 February 2017 at 00:57, Doug Smythies <dsmythies at> wrote:
> Hi Robert,
> Thanks very much for chiming in.
> On 2017.02.18 15:30 Robert Young wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> As a person interested in contributing for the first time,
> Do you know which area you are most likely to contribute to?
> The desktop help or the serverguide or the installation guide
> or all 3?
>> I think there
>> would be a significant benefit to working in markdown. Markdown has a
>> large user base as the use of it in github and BitBucket has increased.
>> It is a markup language that gets out of your way and lets you focus on
>> the content. Plus it lends itself to version control very well.
> ... Doug

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