Using Markdown – the start

Introduction

Please bear with me through the initial explanation, we will start slow but move fast after these next two paragraphs.

Markdown is a technology that allows you to add simple visual styles to text, hence the name Markdown. This comes from the idea of you being able to mark down pure text with some special text that adds visual styles to it. Think about transforming pure text into something like a Word Document or Web Page, both contain visual styles, also think about obtaining similar visual results as if you here using LiberOffice Writer, Apple Pages or a Office Word document, etc.

When you’re using Markdown it’s useful to keep in mind what is the markdown and what is the text, so this is what I’m try to explain here.
So text is easy to understand, it’s what we type, the words, letters etc. But markdown is the important part of this article, markdown, or marking down text. Think of “magical text chars” 🙂 that let you mark down text, or in other works that enable you to control some visual styles.

So here are some examples:

**bold** 
__bold__ 
*italic* 
_italic_
**bold *bold/italic* bold** 
**bold _bold/italic_ bold** 
**bold** *italic* **bold** 
**bold** _italic_ **bold** 
__bold _bold/italic_ bold__ 
__bold *bold/italic* bold__ 
__bold__ _italic_ __bold__ 
__bold__ *italic* __bold__
~~strikethrough~~

Yes, the chars are marking their ‘self descriptive’ word 😀

Bold, Italic and Strikethrough

The char * and _ allow you to control the Bold and Italic
Detail: one char for italic and two consecutive for bold
Two consecutive tildes ~ will set to Strikethrough
NOTE: When applying styles insert the control chars adjacent to the words.
Multiple words can styled together by inserting the control chars adjacent to the first and last word.

Links

How to do links in Markdown:

Markdown on Wikipedia
Spec 0.28 – CommonMark
Dingus – CommonMark
CommonMark
Daring Fireball