[ANN] kramdown 0.4.0 released

Discussion in 'Ruby' started by Thomas Leitner, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. ## About kramdown

    kramdown (sic, not Kramdown or KramDown, just kramdown) is a *free*
    GPL-licensed [Ruby](http://www.ruby-lang.org) library for parsing a
    superset of Markdown. It is completely written in Ruby, supports
    standard Markdown (with some minor modifications) and various
    extensions that have been made popular by the [PHP Markdown Extra]
    package and [Maruku].
    Homepage for installation instructions and documentation:
    http://kramdown.rubyforge.org


    ## kramdown 0.4.0 released

    This release features the addition of a [simple table syntax][1] and
    [syntax highlighting][2] of code blocks. I think that with these two
    additions kramdown now supports all the major features regarding
    parsing and HTML output that Maruku supports.

    Regarding speed: Simple benchmarks using the Markdown README file (can
    be found inside [this zip file][3]) show that kramdown is currently
    faster than, for example, the original Markdown.pl, PHP Markdown, PHP
    Markdown Extra, Python Markdown and Maruku.


    ## Changes

    * Major changes:

    - Added [syntax][1] for simple tables
    - Added optional [syntax highlighting][2] of code blocks through the
    CodeRay library

    * Minor changes:

    - Changed CSS class name `kramdown-footnotes` to `footnotes` for
    better compatibility

    * Bug fixes:

    - Regular expression for matching escaped characters now works
    correctly

    [1]: http://kramdown.rubyforge.org/syntax.html#tables
    [2]: http://kramdown.rubyforge.org/syntax.html#syntax-highlighting
    [3]: http://daringfireball.net/projects/downloads/Markdown_1.0.1.zip
     
    Thomas Leitner, Jan 22, 2010
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