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Formatting Text: Markdown

As you’re planning your website content, you have the option to work in Markdown or Textile. If you’ve chosen Markdown, these tips are for you! Jumpchart uses a customized version of the Markdown markup language for rendering all pages.

We won’t bore you with all the details of Markdown, but here’s a quick intro (thanks Daring Fireball!) to give you the gist.

“Markdown is intended to be as easy-to-read and easy-to-write as is feasible.

“Readability, however, is emphasized above all else. 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. While Markdown’s syntax has been influenced by several existing text-to-HTML filters — including Setext, atx, Textile, reStructuredText, Grutatext, and EtText — the single biggest source of inspiration for Markdown’s syntax is the format of plain text email.

“To this end, Markdown’s syntax is comprised entirely of punctuation characters, which punctuation characters have been carefully chosen so as to look like what they mean. E.g., asterisks around a word actually look like emphasis. Markdown lists look like, well, lists. Even blockquotes look like quoted passages of text, assuming you’ve ever used email.”

Questions on how markdown works with Jumpchart? Shoot us a note at support@jumpchart.com.

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