Upgrading Textile – Easier post formatting

TextileI checked recently and found that we haven’t updated our Textile parser in several months. The Textile parser is the piece of code that takes the text you type in and displays it on the webpage. Making tables, bolding text, adding headlines, adding linebreaks, all that stuff.

Update: I’ve made a decision on how to proceed.

We’ve been receiving more and more complaints lately about the inflexibility of Textile and how difficult it can be to get things to look how you want. Looking over the change notes of the new parser, a lot of those concerns have been addressed. However, I’m worried that putting a new parser in place might break a lot of the formatting that many of you have painstakingly created.

If you take great pains to get your campaign to display correctly, please leave a comment here with a link to your campaign. I’m going to test out the new parser in development, and I’d like to see how it works with some well crafted campaigns. If nothing breaks, then it’s a no-brainer to add the new parser. Otherwise, if it seriously destroys existing campaigns, then I’ll have to seriously think about the consequences. Fingers crossed that it’s a no-brainer.

Note: Comments like “Drop Textile and go with XYZ” will get you promptly ignored. We have thousands of people and campaigns all using it, and we can’t just drop it. We may add more parsers and allow you to choose, but that’s a future task.

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