CSS has really become a success and really helped separate content from design. Previously, I was in the doubter crowd, but I’m completely turned around. Now, if you are writing a blog or some content for a web page, you can really just focus on the text. Once you get into it you can then understand the interest in “Text Filters”.
Not too long ago, I would get an email about some form of text to html hack known as a lightweight markup or text filters. As I saw each one of these, I put them into the same category as ‘wiki-text’… systems that would eventually go away once people had WYSIWYG (or more accurately WYSI ‘Kinda’ WYG) editors. This still hasn’t happened, and with the true separation, I can honestly see the appeal of these systems by bloggers and web designers.
Of all of these, I think MarkDown looks the closest to what I want. I just wish they swapped the emphasis and strong semantics.
The other popular one that I’ve seen is Textile. The guy behind that is a true typographer, so, of course, his site looks excellent. The problem that I see with Textile is that it requies paragraphs to be these huge lines. Maybe this won’t be a big issue.
I’m going to give both a try. Either will be a huge win over old HTML.