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= BlueCloth 2

BlueCloth is a Ruby implementation of John Gruber's
Markdown[http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/], a text-to-HTML
conversion tool for web writers. To quote from the project page:
Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain
text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML).

It borrows a naming convention and several helpings of interface from
Redcloth[http://www.whytheluckystiff.net/ruby/redcloth/], {Why the Lucky
Stiff}[http://www.whytheluckystiff.net/] 's processor for a similar
text-to-HTML conversion syntax called
Textile[http://www.textism.com/tools/textile/].

BlueCloth 2 is a complete rewrite using David Parsons' Discount library,
a C implementation of Markdown. I rewrote it using the extension for
speed and accuracy; the original BlueCloth was a straight port from the
Perl version that I wrote in a few days for my own use just to avoid
having to shell out to Markdown.pl, and it was quite buggy and slow. I
apologize to all the good people that sent me patches for it that were
never released.

Note that the new gem is called 'bluecloth' and the old one 'BlueCloth'. If you have both installed, you can ensure you're loading the new one with the 'gem' directive:

  # Load the 2.0 version
  gem 'bluecloth', '>= 2.0.0'

  # Load the 1.0 version
  gem 'BlueCloth'
  require 'bluecloth'


== Authors

* Michael Granger (ged@FaerieMUD.org)


== Contributors

* Martin Chase <stillflame@FaerieMUD.org>
* Florian Gross <flgr@ccan.de>

This product includes software developed by David Loren 
Parsons <http://www.pell.portland.or.us/~orc>.


== Installation

If you use RubyGems, you can install it via:

  $ sudo gem install bluecloth

You can also install as a site library via the Rakefile:

  $ wget http://deveiate.org/code/bluecloth-x.y.z.tar.gz
  $ tar xzvf bluecloth-x.y.z.tar.gz
  $ cd bluecloth-x.y.z
  $ sudo rake install


== Source 

You can check out the current development source with Mercurial from
the following URL:

  http://repo.deveiate.org/BlueCloth

You can report bugs, suggest improvements, or check on development
activity at the project page:

  http://deveiate.org/projects/BlueCloth/


== License

See the LICENSE file included with the distribution for licensing and
copyright details.

The licensing terms of Discount are described in the LICENSE.discount
file, also included with the distribution.