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A markdown (extended CommonMark) to Clojure data (hiccup) parser.

I've been frustrated with the space of Markdown manipulation in Clojure. Most libraries provide parsing to raw html, which is fine if you have a straightforward way to include that in whatever you are targeting. If however, you would want to manipulate the AST of the markdown directly, or convert it into a format that frontend frameworks (like Reagent) can consume, you would have to convert the HTML to clojure data (like Hiccup). There are a few html to hiccup parsers, but as anyone who has tried to parse html will tell you, there are edge cases that can break the whole thing. It also seems backwards to go from markdown to html to hiccup to html when you consider the entire rendering pipeline.

To overcome this, I wrote cybermonday! It was originally going to be a parser for blackfriday markdown, but as I realized the markdown spec is insane, it made more sense to wrap the excellent Flexmark java-based markdown parser. At the most basic level, cybermonday provides a top level function md-to-hiccup that gives you a nice, reagent-renderable representation of your source. This includes all of the CommonMark spec as well as the best features of popular extensions such as tables, strikethroughs, footnotes, generic attributes, definitions, math, and more! This even supports inline html and html around markdown-formated text.

However, cybermonday also provides access to a hiccup representation of the Flexmark AST and the multimethod to provide the final pass transformation from Flexmark to HTML. This allows the user to customize how the raw markdown AST gets transformed into html, allowing for easy extension and customization.

I'm using this library on my blog at - please let me know if you run into any issues.

For more details, check out the docs!

Major Caveats

The inline html parser is really rudimentary. Please be gentle. They pretty much must follow the <tag foo="bar"> Content </tag> syntax to be properly rendered.

Another breaking example is if the attributes of a tag contain = in the value of the attribute. I'm splitting the attributes up by the =, so any random = that doesn't separate the key and the value will break the parser.


Copyright © 2021 Kiran Shila

Distributed under the Eclipse Public License either version 1.0 or (at your option) any later version.

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