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Markdown Introduction

Perhaps a better title would be…

Markdown for Dummies (Me)

Ok, so what is Markdown?

Markdown is a lightweight markup language with plain text formatting syntax designed so that it can be converted to HTML and many other formats using a tool by the same name. Markdown is often used to format readme files, for writing messages in online discussion forums, and to create rich text using a plain text editor.

Best summary: Markdown is a writing format, HTML is a publishing format.

BTW, markdown is just a perl script! Checkout Dingus on Daring Fireball to try it out directly from a browser.

Github understands markdown and it will convert markdown to html. Here are a few useful links for reference:

Regards, –Dave.