Shepherd writeup

1. Summary

Murray Kucherawy is the document shepherd.
Barry Leiba is the responsible Area Director.

This document elaborates upon the text/markdown media type for use
with Markdown, a family of plain text formatting syntaxes that
optionally can be converted to formal markup languages such as HTML.
Background information, local storage strategies, and additional
syntax registrations are supplied.

The WG is requesting Informational status for this document.  The
main work of specifying Markdown syntax variants is done outside of the
IETF.  This document, which was split off from
draft-ietf-appsawg-text-markdown, consists mainly of brief descriptions
and references for several Markdown variants, and presents IANA registrations
for them.

2. Review and Consensus

This document was spun off from the above-named draft to try to keep
the other one shorter.  They each received the same amount of attention
and criticism.

No particular directorate review is critical here, though the usual ones
should still be done.  The media type reviewer is aware of the work and
has not voiced any objection to the working group, though no specific
request was made for early review either.

The author asserts that he and others have already begun to use the
media type in prototype form within open source and commercial products.

3. Intellectual Property

The author has confirmed that he knows of no outstanding IPR claims, and
thus submits the draft in full compliance with BCPs 78 and 79.

4. Other Points

There are three references to non-IETF URLs in the Normative References.

The IANA Considerations seem to be fine for this document, though there
are some formatting oddities that would be nice to resolve.

Nothing else of note.