Markdown 101

November 3rd, 2012 21:56 – by Torsten Trautwein

Markdown is awesome. Basically, it provides a new syntax for the most frequently used html tags that's easy to read and write. This syntax can then be interpreted e.g. by your blog software and converted to html for a browser to display.

If you write texts that will be published online, you should consider using it. It's clean, lightweight, easy to learn, and a great way to speed up your workflow.

So let's see how it works:

Headers

H1 headers can be defined by underlining them with equal signs.

Some Words
==========

H2 headers can be defined by underlining them with hyphens.

Something Else
--------------

H3 headers and so on – as well as H1 and H2 – are defined by the number of hash signs in front and at the end of a line.

### Another Title ###

Emphasis

Encapsulating something in single asterisks makes it italic.

*Italic Text*

Do the same with two asterisks makes it bold.

**Bold Words**

Lists

Unordered lists use asterisks, pluses or hyphens.

* An Item
* Another One
* One More

Ordered lists use numbers followed by periods.

1. First Step
2. Second Step
3. ???
4. Profit

Links

Links are represented by a description in square brackets followed by the url in round brackets.

[some text](http://example.com)

Markdown has a lot more to offer; please visit Daring Fireball for all the details.

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