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## About kramdown

kramdown (sic, not Kramdown or KramDown, just kramdown) is a *free*
GPL-licensed [Ruby]( library for parsing a
superset of Markdown. It is completely written in Ruby, supports
standard Markdown (with some minor modifications) and various
extensions that have been made popular by the [PHP Markdown Extra]
package and [Maruku].
Homepage for installation instructions and documentation:

## kramdown 0.8.0 released

One of the bigger changes in this release is the support for converting
HTML tags into native kramdown elements via the new `html_to_native`
option. For example, the HTML tag `p` is converted to the native
paragraph element instead of a generic HTML tag if this option is set
to `true`. This is especially useful for converters that don't handle
generic HTML tags (e.g. the LaTeX converter).

This conversion is a feature of the new standalone HTML parser which is
used by the kramdown parser for parsing HTML tags.

Also note that support for the old extension syntax and custom
extensions has been dropped as of this release! And the `filter_html`
option will be removed in the next release because there exist better
facilities for performing this kind of task!

## Changes

* Major changes:

- New parser for parsing HTML documents
- Added the option `html_to_native` (default: `false`) which tells
the kramdown parser whether to convert HTML tags to native kramdown
elements or to generic HTML elements.

* Minor changes:

- Table header cells are now represented by their own element type
- The element type `:html_text` is not used anymore - it is replaced
by the general `:text` element
- HTML comments are now converted to LaTeX comments when using the
LaTeX converter
- The LaTeX converter can now output the contents of HTML `<i>` and
`<b>` tags

* Bug fixes:

- Attributes that have been assigned to the to-be-replaced TOC list
are now added correctly on the generated TOC list in the HTML
- Fixed problem in typographic symbol processing where an entity
string instead of an entity element was added
- Fixed problem with HTML span parsing: some text was not added to
the correct element when the end tag was not found
- HTML `code` and `pre` tags are now parsed as raw HTML tags
- HTML tags inside raw HTML span tags are now parsed correctly as raw
HTML tags
- The Rakefile can now be used even if the `rdoc` gem is missing
(patch by Ben Armston)
- Fixed generation of footnotes in the LaTeX converter (patch by Ben
- Fixed LaTeX converter to support code spans/blocks in footnotes
- HTML comments and XML processing instructions are now correctly
parsed inside raw HTML tags
- HTML script tags are now correctly parsed
- Fixed the abbreviation conversion in the LaTeX converter
- Empty image links are not output anymore by the LaTeX converter

* Deprecation notes:

- The old extension syntax and support for custom extensions has been
- The `filter_html` option will be removed in the next release.