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Empty link text #305

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cabo opened this Issue Feb 5, 2016 · 1 comment

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cabo commented Feb 5, 2016

Commonmark allows link text to be empty:

http://spec.commonmark.org/0.24/#links

kramdown doesn't: [](#) is not recognized and rendered literally.

Now this has been the case for a long time (apparently, it drove me to define special syntax for RFCXML xrefs in 2010 or so).

Still, I'd like to understand the rationale for this, and, if it turns out to be weak, discuss whether this behavior can be changed to be more like commonmark.

(There are legitimate uses of empty link text even in HTML, but I'm mainly interested in using this for kramdown-rfc2629.)

@gettalong gettalong self-assigned this Feb 16, 2016

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gettalong commented Feb 16, 2016

As per the syntax spec at least one character needs to be inside the square brackets.

However, it seems that most implementations do allow this, even the original Markdown.pl implementation, see http://johnmacfarlane.net/babelmark2/?normalize=1&text=%5B%5D(%23).

As for a rationale: I don't think I had any, it probably just seemed the right way to do.

So I would classify this as a bug since even for images it works okay in kramdown.

@gettalong gettalong closed this in 6aefeff Feb 17, 2016

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