Markdown Editor

What is Markdown?

Markdown is a lightweight markup language that allows people to write documents in a readable and writable plain text format, which can then be converted into structured HTML (or other formats) pages. It was created by John Gruber and co-designed by Aaron Swartz, with the purpose of allowing people to use simple symbols to write documents without understanding complex HTML tags.

How to use Markdown?

The design philosophy of Markdown is simplicity and readability. Even without format conversion, Markdown documents are easy to read. With Markdown, you can:

  • Write documents directly in any text editor
  • Use simple markup syntax to enhance the readability of text.
  • Convert Markdown documents into formats such as HTML, PDF, and Word.

Markdown Syntax

Markdown syntax includes:

  • Headings: Use hash marks # to represent headings of different levels, for example, # for level one headings, ## for level two headings.
  • Paragraphs: Just write the text directly, separate paragraphs with a blank line.
  • Links: Enclose the link text in square brackets, followed by the URL in parentheses, for example, [Link Text](http://url).
  • Emphasis: Use asterisks (*) or underscores (_) to emphasize text, for example, *italic* or _italic_, **bold** or __bold__.
  • Lists: Use asterisks (*), plus signs (+), or hyphens (-) to create unordered lists, and ordered lists use a number followed by a dot.
  • Code: Use backticks (`) to create inline code, or use three backticks (```) to create code blocks.
  • Images: Use an exclamation mark (!) followed by a description of the image in square brackets, and then the image link in parentheses, for example, ![Image Description](http://url).
  • Quotes: Use the greater-than sign (>) to create quoted text, which can be nested to create multiple levels of quotes.
  • Horizontal Rules: Use three asterisks (---), three hyphens (--), or three underscores (___) to create a horizontal line.

Markdown's syntax is concise and powerful, and it is widely used in scenarios such as writing documents, composing blog posts, and forum threads. It allows users to focus on content creation without the need to understand complex HTML tags.