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"Due to problems inherent in such syntax, some Wikis (such as Wikipedia) eventually switched to what were called Free Links, where alternative syntax allowed any sequence of characters to be a link."

Wikipedia uses [[double square brackets]] to section off a set of code that will hyperlink to a current or future page entitled "double square brackets".  They can do that because such a page is prenamed double_square_brackets.   In our case we would simply go to [title double square brackets]

(Thanks, to mark for finding
[[free links]]  over at Wikipedia. )

Actually we could adopt this same syntax, but we wouldn't need to stick "_" in the page names; no, the web now escapes spaces nicely.  

IOW:  [[double square brackets]] == [title double square brackets]

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Mark de LA says
I found the link to wikipedia free links and added it to this item.

Mark de LA says
I don't like their syntax of double square brackets

Mark de LA says
Perhaps the chief Parser or the Wizzard could explain why single square brackets doesn't work just as well. In English I use parentheses.

Seth says
... because it is ambiguous ... does [see title double square brackets] refer you to a page titled "double square brackets" or "see title double square brackets" ?

Mark de LA says
how does an extra set of brackets solve that problem?

Seth says
... because it tells the parser not to look for reserve words withing the brackets but to take them verbatem and assume that they are refering to a title room.

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