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Archive for the ‘Lightweight markup language’ Category

Help:Links – MediaWiki

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/08/23

Since I needed to know how to formulate external hyperlinks on a Wiki page: [WayBack] Help:Links – MediaWiki.

Too many options, not even counting other sections on that page I did not quote, so I went for the first.

To create an external link, usually to a page at a different website, enclose the URL followed by space and the link text in single square brackets (see examples below). When you save or preview the page, you will see a link rendered slightly differently than an internal wikilink. It may be a different color and/or be followed by an arrow icon to show that it may lead to another site.

Description You type You get
External link with specified link text
[ MediaWiki]
Numbered external link

This is what happens if you omit the link text. Multiple links of this type on the same page are numbered sequentially.

Bare external link

URLs beginning with “http://” and “https://” are automatically linked, even when no brackets are used.
Avoiding auto-linked URLs
Protocol-relativeexternal link
[// Wikipedia]

[// //]

The link will be HTTP or HTTPS depending on the protocol of the page currently being viewed (which could be different for different users). This is only supported inside of square brackets [ ]. Using “//” by itself does not result in a link.



External link to the current server
External link to other host passing the pagename{{PAGENAMEE}}

See also: URL encoded page namesPAGENAMEE encoding
Mailto link
[ email me]
email me
Mailto named with subject line and body
[ info]
Custom URI
[skype:echo123 call me]

Any URI you wish to add needs to be first declared through $wgUrlProtocols. (This example is not enabled on

[skype:echo123 call me]
External links with file-type icons
[ video]

[ sound]

[ document]

See External link icons for currently supported icons and extensions. Note that this wiki is not set up to use such icons.





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Some Markdown links on phrasing more difficult markdown for correct rendering

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/08/20

After blogging on Markdown notes in 2014, Markdown support has come a long way. It also means that the documents written in Markdown has become more complex, and that more tools can render it.

Given the vague aspects of many Markdown dialects, rendering can be troublesome (see my post Babelmark 2 online Markdown checker), so below are some links on some aspects I had trouble with getting right.

Note that there are two markdown linters:

Sometimes, issues are present in one, but not in the other; see:

The command line interface to the Ruby version is easier to install than the JavaScript version as everything is in one gemmdl, unlike the npm, where the cli is in markdown-cli and the library in markdownlint.



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syntax – Comments in Markdown – Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/06/17

Comments that are not emitted to the output:

The most platform-independent syntax is

(empty line)
[comment]: # (This actually is the most platform independent comment)

Thanks nick-volynkin for answering this at [WayBack] syntax – Comments in Markdown – Stack Overflow.


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Converting html fragments to reStructuredText

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/09

Though normally you would write documentation in reStructuredText, then generate HTML or PDF, often you find a part of the documentation source in HTML.

Here are some sites and tools I’ve used to convert HTML fragments to reStructuredText. I favour on-line over local command-line tools as usually these kinds of conversions are “one-time only”.


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Various online CSV to Markdown converters: best is Markdown Tables generator –

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/03

TL;DR: use Markdown Tables generator – as it has the most features.

A few tools that help converting CSV (with separators like comma, semicolon and tab) to Markdown online:

  1. [Archive.csMarkdown Table Maker
    • Supports:
      • Use first line as headers
      • Auto detection of separator
      • Tab separated
      • Comma separated
      • Semicolon separated
    • Does not support:
      • Quote characters
  2. [WayBack] CSV to Markdown Table Generator — Donat Studios
    • Supports:
      • Use first line as headers
      • Tab separated
      • Comma separated
      • Semicolon separated
    • Does not support:
      • Quote characters
  3. [WayBackMarkdown Tables generator –
    • Supports auto detection of:
      • Use first line as headers
      • Tab separated
      • Comma separated
      • Semicolon separated
      • Quote characters


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