Default line break handling is inconvenient

Thinking about this more, perhaps the secondary way of rendering line breaks should be:

This is a line
This is another line


This is a line
This is another line

In other words, the parser checks if there is a line break inside of a paragraph and converts it to a pre-formatted block if there is.


  • It has semantic meaning: “this block is preformatted text”.
  • It is appropriate semantic markup for song lyrics and poetry.
  • It should display the same in existing implementations that already use hard line breaks.
  • There is no longer a need to use additional syntax (e.g. line blocks) for preformatted text.
  • A double space at the end of the line can still be used for a literal break (<br />).
  • What you see is what you get.