I've copy-pasted a bunch of snippets from my XHTML resume onto my new Careers 2.0 profile, and it required a lot of changes:

  • single quotes in links didn't work (param args with single quotes not accepted as allowed html on SE and Careers 2.0); most keywords of my open-source contributions aren't actually links on my Careers 2.0 profile because of this

  • whitespace at the start of each line makes XHTML snippets interpreted as code; that's just wrong, and requires quite a lot of editing; why would anyone be posting code snippets on Careers 2.0? I'd think it'd be more useful if snippets from an XHTML CV could instead be pasted without any extra hassle

  • it seems like line breaks within a tags are not allowed; some of my links have the title param, and thus occupy more than one line in my XHTML resume (the linebreak was not within title, just within the a tag)

It would be nice if these issues are resolved, so that it'll be possible to paste snippets from XHTML resumes directly into Careers 2.0, without any extra hassles.

  • I think using the same markdown everywhere is preferable. But having some form of html to html+markdown helper could be useful. – CodesInChaos May 2 '13 at 12:40

We use markdown as the entry mechanism for most of the fields on profiles, not XHTML. Markdown has significant whitespace and special syntax for links (and images) so I wouldn't expect the copied snippets to transfer over.

There are a few attempts to write css which converts your html to markdown using css but outside of that it's probably faster to just rewrite the parts of your profile you intend to copy over in markdown.

  • I don't know why you claim that XHTML is not supported; certainly a subset of XHTML is; I even got <ul> and <li> to work, provided they're not preceded by whitespace on the same line. I realise you can't modify the meaning of existing fields, so, perhaps it would be helpful if you introduce a new tag, perhaps <html>, which would allow copy-paste of XHTML snippets, situated within markdown's <html> tag. Basically, you'll only have to turn off the non-XHTML part of markdown within <html>, leaving the rest as usual. – cnst May 2 '13 at 16:47

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