Yurchor, are you saying that we should avoid using ";" for formatting all together or are you simply saying don't change formatting unless it is actually broken? If the first is the case we need to add something about that on the Toolbox page. We do have a few pages, that use ";" formatting. Should we change those as we find them?
";" is good for anything but docs, imho. But I cannot understand when things that are not broken in any kind are changed just because someone likes something to be constantly changed. There are many not-so-popular pages (even without translations) to experiment with them.
- item - description
is both visually and formally broken. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that there is some anonymous character fuming and charging at each em-dash inserted into the text.
And it should be easier, not harder, to transform itemizations to DocBook, because they have more internal structure.
I was not experimenting, the format for marking up itemizations is well known.
Can you give some IRS on the following statements?
- "The syntax item - description is both visually and formally broken."
- "it should be easier, not harder, to transform itemizations to DocBook, because they have more internal structure." (please add an example of Python code to transform "; - :" tuple)
It would be also good if you promise to chack every page for using "the format for marking up itemizations".
Thanks in advance.
It is visually broken because the hyphen should be used to join words, not to separate clauses.
It is formally broken because it fixes a rendering of the formal structure instead of entering the structure itself.
To transform a definition in the wiki, render the text to XHTML as if for the client and then use an XML transformation to convert it to DocBook. The transformation will deal with dt and dd, not with
:. Assuming that you do not expect me to write the whole thing from scratch, just show me what you already have and I shall add the missing part.