[kramdown-users] [ANN] kramdown 0.9.0 released

Eric Sunshine sunshine at sunshineco.com
Wed Jun 23 05:55:19 EDT 2010

Hi Thomas,

On 6/23/2010 2:51 AM, Thomas Leitner wrote:
> The biggest change in this release is the addition of a kramdown
> converter. This converter together with the HTML parser enables one to
> convert an HTML document into a kramdown document.

Very nicely done. I ran some tests on this feature and the results were 
very favorable, though there were a few issues worth reporting.

First, what is the intended behavior when feeding kramdown a 
fully-structured HTML document containing <html>, <head>, <body>? In my 
tests, upon converting to kramdown, a 'markdown="1"' attribute was added 
to <body>, however, this was ignored when converting the document back 
to HTML. Even when adding 'markdown="1"' manually to the parent <html> 
node, conversion back to HTML failed (that is, no Markdown processing 
was performed at all inside the body).

Second, once I stripped the <html> and <body> boilerplate from the 
document, conversion on Windows from HTML to kramdown succeeded, but 
conversion back to HTML failed with this exception:

C:\>kramdown test.kd > test.html
`check': incompatible encoding regexp match (UTF-8 regexp with IBM437 
string) (Encoding::CompatibilityError)

Invoking 'set LANG=en_US.UTF-8' at the Windows command prompt resolved 
this issue. Note that the original HTML contained &#xHH; entity 
references for copyright, elipses, etc.

Third, this is an old HTML document still using <b>bold</b> elements 
rather than <strong>...</strong>. The <b>bold</b> elements were not 
converted to **bold** Markdown. I think it should be safe to treat <b> 
as equivalent to <strong> for conversion purposes.

Fourth, I ran into a problem with a stand-alone <img/> element being 
consumed by a subsequent paragraph. For instance, given HTML input:

   <img src="foo.png" alt="foo" />

Conversion to kramdown produced:


And conversion back to HTML resulted in the <img/> becoming a child of 
the <p>:

   <p><img alt="foo" src="foo.png" />

-- ES

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