Markdown as insertable builing block

Nothing is perfect! This is where you can post your ideas and wishes for functions you'd like to see in Help & Manual. Current version only please (H&M7).

Moderators: Alexander Halser, Tim Green

Post Reply
Torben Dam Jensen
Posts: 7
Joined: Thu May 06, 2010 1:23 pm

Markdown as insertable builing block

Unread post by Torben Dam Jensen »

Request to import markdown as importable building block, like you can do today with XML.

Perfect to include machine-generated parts.
User avatar
Alexander Halser
EC-Software Support
Posts: 4110
Joined: Mon Jun 24, 2002 7:24 pm
Location: Salzburg, Austria
Contact:

Re: Markdown as insertable builing block

Unread post by Alexander Halser »

Please elaborate what exactly you mean. Snippets read directly from Markdown files?
Alexander Halser
Senior Software Architect, EC Software GmbH
Torben Dam Jensen
Posts: 7
Joined: Thu May 06, 2010 1:23 pm

Re: Markdown as insertable builing block

Unread post by Torben Dam Jensen »

Yes, I mean snippets in the form of "other things".

Right now snippets are XML files with control of layout and appearance.

They could also be seen as "bearers of data", and be markdown: simplistic, easy to export from external sources, and allowing main document to define layout.

This line of thought can be extrapolated to various other forms of data. But for now, an option for markdown would be great.
User avatar
Alexander Halser
EC-Software Support
Posts: 4110
Joined: Mon Jun 24, 2002 7:24 pm
Location: Salzburg, Austria
Contact:

Re: Markdown as insertable builing block

Unread post by Alexander Halser »

That's a very interesting idea! In particular with Markdown, which blends beautifully with existing text because of the limited formatting options of the source format. We will consider this for one of the next updates!
Alexander Halser
Senior Software Architect, EC Software GmbH
Marc
Posts: 53
Joined: Mon Dec 18, 2006 1:47 pm
Location: Germany
Contact:

Re: Markdown as insertable builing block

Unread post by Marc »

Having this option really would add a great deal of flexibility to Help+Manual. It could be:
  • something like the "Insert HTML Code" function
  • a special kind of snippet
  • a special kind of topic
It would be best if Help+Manual could automatically pick up the most recent version of the Markdown file when publishing, providing an option for "external" authors - both human or other tools - to contribute content in a flexible and automated way :-)
Post Reply