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Re: Zim, pandoc/markdown, and HTML


On Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 2:39 PM, Joseph Reagle <joseph.2011@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> While appreciative of Zim's export capabilities, I'm still hoping it will
> move to a pandoc friendly format as its native format in time. I think that
> will be made easier given the next version of pandoc is supposed to support
> the colon-based multimarkdown metadata format (i.e., "author: Joseph), which
> Zim uses.
> *Then* we could use pandoc to create the Web pages. What's the benefit of
> that? It opens up so much more functionality. For instance, I found myself
> wanting to embed a youtube video in a page, which is impossible with Zim. If
> Zim took the markdown/ReST philosophy of ignore (pass through) the HTML you
> don't know, yes, I would have the ugly embed tags in my zim window, but I'd
> have the video embedded in the resulting HTML if the export mechanism was
> based on pandoc!

I don't think we need to go over the discussion that was held before
on this topic and re-iterate all the pro and cons. I do support moving
to multiple native formats, but simply lack the time to make more
progress than I am making at the moment. If this is something you
really want, please have a look at the pyzim-next branch and start
coding a native pandoc parser in that framework. Otherwise please be
patient till I have time to get around that part of the code.