Markdown Introduction27 May 2016
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:
- Github Markdown Help has a nice short tutorial.
- Github Guides - Mastering Markdown
- Daring Fireball - Great Info!