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Markdown.hs - an implementation of markdown in Haskell, using a PEG grammar.
(c) 2008 John MacFarlane, released under the GPL.

Markdown is a plain-text syntax for writing HTML (and potentially other
formats), by John Gruber (<http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/>).

To build (using the GHC Haskell compiler):

    ghc -O2 --make Markdown.hs

or just:


Markdown.hs uses John Meacham's Frisby PEG parsing library.  This can
be found at <http://repetae.net/computer/frisby>, but for convenience
the required files are included in this directory.  The XML formatting
library from Pandoc (<http://johnmacfarlane.net/pandoc>).
is also included for convenience.

This is a first draft.  I'm sure there are many ways in which it can be
improved. Currently it passes the Markdown 1.0.3 test suite, with the
exception of two small corner cases.

The grammar definition is the function 'doc' in Markdown.hs. It should
be easy to change and extend it. If you want to add new block or
inline elements, you'll also need to modify the definitions of 'Block'
and 'Inline', and add clauses to handle these to 'inlineToHtml' and

There are a couple of features of markdown that cannot be handled
straightforwardly in a PEG grammar; workarounds have been provided here.
The first is the syntax for code spans: text enclosed by equal-sized
sequences of backticks. I have simulated this by including separate
rules for sequences of backticks of length 1 to 10, but this doesn't
precisely capture the markdown rule. The second is the syntax for
indented blocks, e.g. in block quotes and lists.  I have handled these
by having the parser return unparsed markdown text for the block
contents; the parser is then called again by the function 'blockToHtml'.

See LICENSE for license information for Markdown.hs and the other included