mrt 122012

Bij mij gaat alles (heb ik al vaker vermeld) in Markdown. Ik blijf het herhalen want het is zo’n perfecte oplossing voor schrijven voor het web. En als je even verder kijkt/denkt niet alleen voor het web, maar ook voor intranet (en dus ook voor bedrijfs documentatie en communicatie).
Quote uit TUAW – Markdown Primer

Why use Markdown?

Markdown offers a few basic features.
“Plain txt 4eva!”
Plain text will live forever. Ok, maybe not forever, but if you look back over the history of computers, it’s clear that popular file formats come and go. If you go back into my personal file archives, you’ll find a bunch of files which are all stored in WordPerfect files. Of course when I switched to Mac, I stopped using WordPerfect and switched to MSWord (.doc) and then to Pages.
The problem with each of those formats (not to mention all of the others I could mention) is that they change, and may are not natively supported by different computers. Plain text files, on the other hand, work everywhere. Other than some differences in the way file endings are encoded, you can open a plain text file without issue on Mac, Windows, and Linux computers, no matter how old or new your computer or operating system is.
Easier to read
HTML source is messy to read, and doesn’t mean much if you don’t know HTML and if it isn’t laid out nicely. Since Markdown works off some basic formatting principles, reading ‘raw’ Markdown should make sense even the people who don’t “know” Markdown.
Easier to write
HTML isn’t all that difficult to write by hand for basic formatting and text markup, but Markdown is easier. Writing <b>bold</b> isn’t hard, but **bold** is easier. Using *italics* is easier than <i>italics</i>, and ***bold and italics*** is much easier than <strong><em>bold and italics</em></strong>.
Links are also easier. A standard Markdown link begins with the link text in [ ] followed by the URL in ( ), so This is a link to [TUAW]( gives you This is a link to TUAW.”
Mix with HTML when needed
One of the biggest boons to using Markdown for writing HTML is that you don’t have to choose between using “just HTML” or “just Markdown” for any given document. If you want to use some of Markdown’s features mixed with HTML, go right ahead. They are designed to work together.

Brett Terpstra over Markdown:

This isn’t the Markdown what, it’s the Markdown why…

It’s easy: the syntax is so simple you can barely call it “syntax.” If you can use an emoticon, you can write Markdown.
It’s fast: the simple formatting saves a significant amount of time over hand-crafted HTML tags, and is often faster than using a word processor or WYSIWYG editor. It speeds up the workflows of writers of all ilk, from bloggers to novelists.
It’s clean: Markdown translates quickly to perfectly-formed HTML. No missing closing tags, no improperly nested tags, no blocks left without containers. You also get 100% less cruft than exporting HTML from Microsoft Word. There’s no styling inline, nothing that will otherwise break a site’s design or mess with the XSLT formatting for PDF output. In short, it’s foolproof.
It’s portable: your documents are cross-platform by nature. You can edit them in any text-capable application on any operating system. Transporting files requires no zipping or archiving, and the filesize is as small as it can possibly get.
It’s flexible: output your documents to a wide array of formats. Convert to HTML for posting on the web, rich text for sending emails or importing into a layout program for final arrangement or any number of other proprietary formats.
It fits any workflow: You can make Markdown work with any workflow. It can speed up just about any writing-related process with very little setup. It can also be scripted all to hell, if you want, because plain text is the most flexible of any format known to computer-kind.

Michael Schechter maakte voor zijn post How A Lazy Person Writes In Markdown deze korte Markdown how to:

ARVE Error: id and provider shortcodes attributes are mandatory for old shortcodes. It is recommended to switch to new shortcodes that need only url

Voor wie het horen wil: Denk er nog maar eens over na. … … … … DOEN!

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