A markup language designed for people to write something in an easy plain text format, then be able to convert it to valid XHTML or HTML.
Markdown was originally created by John Gruber and Aaron Swartz. The intent of the project was to create an easy way for people to write something, then convert it to XHTML or HTML. Markdown has been implemented on many websites, including all the Stack Exchange network sites.
Syntax and examples
*emphasis* or _emphasis_ (italics) **strong emphasis** or __strong emphasis__ (bold)
Code can be formatted with backticks (`):
`code goes here`
Or, for multiple lines of code, indenting the code by four spaces:
multiple lines of code
* Unordered list (bullet points) * Subitem in an unordered list (indented by four spaces)
1. Ordered (numbered) list 2. Another item
# First level heading ## Second level heading ### Third level heading #### Fourth level heading ##### Fifth level heading ###### Sixth level heading
For the first two headings, you can also use:
First level =========== Second level ------------
>A block quote can be placed with a ">" before it to properly format the quote.
Links can be created by one of two ways:
[link text](URL "Link title")