--- Comment #21 from MZMcBride <> 2011-01-05 01:21:18 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #20)
> I'm referring to the string hacks. I'm aware that the cite templates are slow.
> However, while the Obama article uses nearly 200 different templates, none of
> them appear to to be in [[Category:String manipulation templates]], which 
> would
> be the ones improved by string parser functions.

StringFunctions and any similar implementation are pretty much outright banned
and Rich has pivoted the conversation toward taking a more holistic approach to
resolving this bug. His point was that a new wiki templating system would be
faster. My point is that it's important when discussing a more holistic
approach to note that it isn't just string manipulation that makes rendering
slow as shit. The entire recursive brace substitution scheme is awful. If
something like
could be rewritten in a sane language, it would undoubtedly improve rendering
time of large pages _and_ allow for extra goodies like string manipulation. One
can dream.

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