Most of you probably already had contact with it. The overall-mystic MD-Files.
At least if you have been working with GitHub you have seen a Readme.md file. But what is that file?
The MD File
It is easy to see, that md stands for markdown. Markdown is an easy to use formatting syntax, similar to html (funfact: which is a markup language). Markdown can be used to quickly and fast format content without leaving the keyboard. In the end the result will be a text file with additional formatting information applied.
|#||Level 1 heading||# Level 1 heading|
|##||Level 2 heading||## Level 2 heading|
|*||Italic||*some italic text*|
|**||Bold||**some bold text here**|
|***||Italic AND bold||***so important italic and bold***|
|>||Blockquote||> Citing others is pretty odd|
|1.||Ordered list||1. First element |
1. Second element
1. Third element
|–||Unordered list||– First element |
– Second element
– Third element
Markdown is a pretty commonly used syntax for creating documentation in the IT. Therefore I highly recommend taking a look into the basics to be prepared in case you somewhen need it for work.
I personally use Markdown for creating longer text passages like article and blog posts. I like the idea of focusing on the content and just having a minimal formatting on-the-fly while writing.
Wanna try it out
You can use one of the many online Markdown editors in the “internet” if you want to give it a try. I can recommend Dillinger to get started. But be aware, that Dillinger supports additional Markdowns which are not part of the default set of formatting options.
Markdown Guide | “Basic Syntax” (2021-03-12)