Markdown is a simple text-formatting system. Below are the basics.
You can also use standard HTML within Markdown.
Most Markdown formatting is nestable.
*italic* **bold** ***bold-italic*** ~~deleted/strikethrough~~
Make paragraphs by separating them with blank lines.
Add two or more spaces at the end of a line
for a single line-break.
Note: internal links do not need full URL. External links require the http:// part of the URL. For external cases where the text to show is simply the URL, you can use:
![alt text](image URL "optional title")
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For an image as clickable link, nest the image markdown as the text part of a web link.
Headers, lists, and more
Lists, headers, and blockquotes must start with a blank line above (aside from the very first line).
# h1 header ## h2 subheader ### h3 third level (and so on)
Alternate option: any number of
=== on the line under h1 text or
--- under h2.
Bulleted lists use any these symbols
- + *
Indent four spaces to create sub-levels. For a new paragraph under a list item, add a blank line, then indent four extra spaces but use no bullet.
1. ordered list 2. after the first number, it auto-calculates. #. works too. a. can also use letters i. or Roman numerals (which all also auto-calculate) A. For capital letters or Roman numerals, include two spaces after the dot or use A) or (A) format, which also work for lower-case.
> blockquote >> use multiple > symbols to make nested levels
term ~ description (indent two spaces before
: and another space before text)
A horizontal rule is 3 or more hyphens with empty lines above and below:
***) also work and are used specifically to indicate the read-more fold for blog posts.
\ before characters makes them show normally if they would otherwise be markdown commands.
[^tag] marks the inline link
[^tag]: marks the footnote itself (and must have a blank line above)
Footnotes themselves can go anywhere and will be rendered at the end. Footnotes can also be in-line with no tag like this:
Footnote numbers auto-calculate based on the placement of the links.