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The Pillar syntax is a wiki like syntax extracted by Damien Cassou from the Pier content management system. The Pillar project offers transformers into several target formats such as LaTeX, html or markdown.
Example of a small markup snippet in the Pillar syntax (with rendering as a PRDocument object model:
Pillar document example
J.F. Rick writes on the Pharo development list about the Pillar syntax
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM
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Back in 1999, I created ComSwiki out of the beginning that was PWS Swiki (the first wiki to eschew camel case for links). One of the first things I did was to make changes to the markup to improve it. Of course, once we had some users and established content, all the decisions I made at that early point in the project were made permanent.
Looking at Pillar, it pretty much uses the syntax I created back then (with a few improvements).
I'm sure the markup just drifted through the Smalltalk community and was then adopted by Pillar. It's not a bad design but I've always felt that a better, more extensible syntax was possible. As usual, the good proved to be the enemy of the great.