SunirShah of MeatballWiki makes a brilliant point :

  • The WikiSyntax is the UserInterface, it is not the data encoding. This point gets lost on many people (e.g. the TikiWiki RFC for standard syntax), but wikis aren't really a medium unto themselves. They are more like pure expressions of CyberText?. To get away from philosophy, many wikis have to change their local syntax to fit their local users' needs, such as adding LatexInWiki or conforming to pre-existing documentation markup or pre-existing text formatting conventions in that community. This is as it should be. By now, given the proliferation of syntaxes, it should be clear that it is not reasonable to standardize the syntax. *

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