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Support for inline HTML / MultiMarkdown?

Merric Taln 4 years ago updated by Digby (Community Manager) 3 years ago 3

Would it be possible to support inline HTML or MultiMarkdown? I ask this for two reasons:


  • I have some stories that use things like tables to indicate super hectic conversations.
  • It's misleading to link to the original Markdown documentation, yet not support inline HTML for things like underline and tables.

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We're currently planning to have a text editor put into Furry Network; I agree that stories need something more robust than what we have now, and the editor is definitely going to be a step up. Because of this, we don't plan on expanding to MMD, though the text editor will have some of those features.

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I'll copy/paste what I mentioned elsewhere as to why I would be against inline HTML for stories, and add a bit more.


I can definitely understand why inline HTML is disallowed, though. On an the actual site, allowing it could easily open up security vulnerabilities, which is the last thing that the site needs. Even with sanitation, something can slip through.


Using tables to try and replicate typesetting for hectic conversations is also very poor form for the web, as it has the chance to derail accessibility for anyone who uses a screen reader for text-to-speech. For edge cases like this, I'd rather see something like PDF support for the site, or perhaps even LaTeX support, and just have the user handle it outside of the more vulnerable embedded code of the site.


As far as actual tables, I would definitely back having MultiMarkdown for stories, but that would make it awkward for the site itself. I'm fairly certain that having the more advanced features of MMD--like tables and footnotes--suddenly find their way into the normal posts would cause a bit of havoc. The backend might need both the current system and MMD for that sort of issue, and that could complicate things.


(Disclaimer: I'm an amateur web designer, and web standards evangelist, so this sort of topic is something I keep myself immersed in.)

Please read my related proposal and explanation of the problems with Markdown here: http://support.furrynetwork.com/topics/650-/

Answer
Declined

We're currently planning to have a text editor put into Furry Network; I agree that stories need something more robust than what we have now, and the editor is definitely going to be a step up. Because of this, we don't plan on expanding to MMD, though the text editor will have some of those features.