Dean Allen

Dean Cameron Allen (June 2, 1966 – January 13, 2018) was a Canadian typographer, web developer and early blogger.[1][2][3] He created the markup language Textile, the open source content management system Textpattern, and the web hosting service TextDrive.[4] Textile, called "the world's greatest markup language" by Alec Kinnear of Foliovision, has been used in products such as Salesforce's, Know Your Meme, and issue tracking application Jira.[5]

Allen was an early blogger and essayist in the late 1990s at his site Cardigan Industries.[6] He created Textile so that writers could "...Just Write and everything else should be there to support that endeavour."[7]


  1. ^ Malik, Om. "Dean Allen, R.I.P." Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  2. ^ Gruber, John. "Dean Allen". Daring Fireball. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  3. ^ "DEAN CAMERON ALLEN". Globe and Mail. Feb 6, 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  4. ^ Finley, Klint (Aug 16, 2012). "Cloud Computing Company Joyent Leaves Early Supporters Out In The Cold". TechCrunch. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  5. ^ Kinnear, Alec. "Textile: How to write in the world's greatest markup language". Foliovision. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  6. ^ Allen, Dean. "About". Cardigan Industries (archived). Archived from the original on 1 May 2001. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  7. ^ Dawson, Stef. "Memories of Dean Allen". Textpattern. Retrieved 22 February 2018.

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