Markdown Dogpile – Guest Post by Jim Sewell

Jim Sewell wrote this to me in an email in Markdown. He did this as an illustration of how he, along with Bart and just about everyone else, seem to think I’m missing the boat on using Markdown instead of html. I enjoyed it so I asked permission to share with all of you.

Thoughts about Markdown

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I just had to jump in on this! 🙂

  • (My favorite) The file format lasts forever. Who can open my old WordStar files?
  • The output of a well formed document is beautiful with very little effort and great tools to help (see attached example from ByWord).
  • Apps exist to help create Markdown. If you want to use the more advanced features they help a lot but still aren’t necessary if you just learn the syntax. There are apps on the iPad that put a row of symbols above the keyboard to help
  • It lets you focus on what you are saying and not messing with all the fiddly bits of font size, color, alignment, etc.
  • I noticed today that Skype bolds things surrounded by asterisks.
  • To turn markdown into a pretty PDF is the same as turning HTML into a pretty PDF. They both need a processor – a program like Marked for MD and a browser for HTML.

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