I'd love to see more support for in because it has many advantages for users who type syntax elements compared to other lightweight languages such as : (for a comparison, read ➡️ is the name for the syntax of )

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@publicvoit I was gonna hit you with the standards xkcd but then i actually read some of the article.

@neo Without new standards now and then, we would still be using punchcards on mainframe computers you don't own.


Every time I see this i want to love it. A stripped down org-mode is such a beautiful idea.

Besides tooling, the two features I really need are metadata, which isn't supported directly in MD but every blog engine supports in a different way, and anchors (ie IDs that can be linked), at least for headers and blocks.

Then just try to stop me from using it!!!


I should mention, since org-mode already supports metadata in the form of key:value pairs, OD should probably support the same, but without the expectation of complexity/completeness.

The anchors, I'm unsure why this is hard, since this is exactly what org-mode does too- with metadata on blocks of the form:

#+NAME: target-name

These are the two big features I need, and they're both key/value metadata pairs on the document tree.

@publicvoit Been writing using org-mode in Hugo recently. I've used it for tasks, diaries etc. for years now so it makes a lot if sense. Early drafts naturally break down into notes with native task lists. It is perfect.

@publicvoit Funnily, I came to Emacs for rst-mode, but stayed for org-mode. Still, I ‘ve always thought of rST as the more *elegant* of the two – thanks to the emphasis on being *readable* in plain text without tooling – but I’ll happily re-assess.

@noctuaminervae Happy to discuss that.

I think to me, it's not so much the readability but more the user experience when typing.

People who don't use lightweight markup languages (LML) are not that often confronted with it in raw form.

However, LML-authors often have to type it without much tool support.

@publicvoit Yes, reading and typing are surprisingly different dimensions here; rST *enforces* readability in a way Org doesn’t, which puts a strain on typing. Andtyping rST was hard enough that the need for editor support drove me to Emacs, with its (to me) arcane concepts, exotic key bindings, etc. (Then I discovered Org tables, and the rest is history). I don’t type Org much outside Emacs, but your examples are convincing.

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