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The overriding design goal for Markdown’s formatting syntax is to make it as readable as possible. The idea is that a Markdown-formatted document should be publishable as-is, as plain text, without looking like it’s been marked up with tags or formatting instructions. John Gruber

Markdown is one of the world’s most popular markup languages. It is a lightweight markup language with plain text formatting syntax. Markdown is regular text with a few non-alphabetic characters added. It is designed so that it can be converted to HTML

Markdown is a better way to write HTML. All of the pages for this web site are written in Markdown. They are converted to HTML during the Gatsby compiling process

Markdown is a way to style text for the web. The writer controls the display of the document, formatting words as bold or italic, adding images, and creating lists are just a few of the things that can be done with Markdown

Markdown lets you compose posts and comments with links, lists, and other styles using regular characters and punctuation marks. Markdown is used by writers and bloggers who want a quick and easy way to write rich text, without having to take their hands off the keyboard, and without learning a lot of complicated codes and shortcuts

Formatting text in Markdown has a very gentle learning curve. It doesn’t do anything fancy like change the font size, color, or type. All the writer has control over is the display of the text like making things bold, creating headers,and organizing lists

Unlike cumbersome word processing applications, text written in Markdown can be easily shared between computers, mobile phones, and people. It’s quickly becoming the writing standard for academics, scientists, writers, and many more. Websites like GitHub and reddit use Markdown to style their comments.

John Telford
John Telford
Portland, Oregon