Fedor Sheremetyev | 26 Mar 08:50 2015
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ANN: Writage - Markdown plugin for Microsoft Word

Hi,

I’m pleased to announce Writage — Microsoft Office plugin that enables editing of Markdown in
Microsoft Word, integrated with Pandoc.

http://www.writage.com

Questions, comments and other feedback are very welcome.

Thanks,
Fedor
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Jeff McNeill | 26 Mar 06:40 2015

Re: Markdown-Discuss Digest, Vol 144, Issue 3

Only https://stackedit.io/editor supports footnotes, so these others are non-starters. Footnoting is vital for things like ebooks. Footnotes are also a pending enhancement to Atom: https://github.com/atom/markdown-preview/issues/153

--
Sincerely,
Jeff McNeill

http://fiddle.md
but then yet another one pops up, and a new group of people say "this is such a good idea!"
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9262260
contrary to its claim, fiddle.md isn't "collaborative", and isn't even particularly well-done, to be honest. but the parents seem to be fairly excited about it, so i think they are going to continue working on it. i'd still say that dillinger.io is the best of the bunch, although stackedit.io is also great. but i'd welcome any comparative reviews by actual hardcore users. -bowerbird
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fiddle.md

i keep thinking everyone has seen sites like this:

>   http://fiddle.md

but then yet another one pops up, and a new
group of people say "this is such a good idea!"

>   https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9262260

contrary to its claim, fiddle.md isn't "collaborative",
and isn't even particularly well-done, to be honest.
but the parents seem to be fairly excited about it,
so i think they are going to continue working on it.

i'd still say that dillinger.io is the best of the bunch,
although stackedit.io is also great. but i'd welcome
any comparative reviews by actual hardcore users.

-bowerbird
Alan Goldsmith | 22 Mar 17:59 2015
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Is it possible to change font type in Markdown?

If so, what's the tag?  Apologies if you've already discussed this.
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wrapping it around

i thought when i made z.m.l. 
that we were at the very end. 

now, though, the new york times 
has wrapped it back around with 
the debut of "archieml", or "aml".

i worry that this means we
are destined to go through
the entire alphabet again?

-bowerbird

p.s. i appreciate how the times
has agreed with my shift from
an emphasis on "readability"
to one on "writeability" instead.
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re: serving markdown directly : any suggestions?

converting light-markup to .html ain't rocket-science.  really.

you can use any language to do it.  specifically including perl.

and besides, i think it's kinda cute that some perl people would
"look down on" php, ruby, and python.  good for the gander, eh?

but if i had to place a bet, it would be on client-side javascript...

-bowerbird

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Mayuresh Kathe | 4 Feb 09:27 2015
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serving markdown directly : any suggestions?

hi,

have been tinkering with markdown for a few hours now, so am still a 
noob.

would like to use it for a documentation project which will be served 
over the web.

need to know if there's any way to transform markdown content to (x)html 
on the fly at the web server level?

use case:
a web server with the above capabilities would have the document root 
folder holding a bunch of markdown files and a 'css' file.
on visiting that web server's address over 'http', the index.md file 
would get transformed into (x)html, pick-up the 'css' and show a 
beautiful page to the visitor.
all this, while i would be busy writing plain old markdown.

i am sorry if this has been asked out here before, but i couldn't find 
any such queries, perhaps my googling skills are bad.  :)

thanks,

~mayuresh
Sean Leonard | 21 Jan 10:49 2015

IETF text/markdown draft-05

Hi Markdown world,

A month ago, the fifth draft of the IETF text/markdown work, 
"draft-ietf-appsawg-text-markdown-05", was published.

Additionally, a companion document regarding text/markdown use cases 
(including how to label Markdown variants when the text/markdown media 
type is not in use, e.g., by using filenames) was published about three 
weeks ago. See "draft-seantek-text-markdown-use-cases-01".

If you are interested, please comment here or on the IETF apps-discuss 
mailing list. I am monitoring both.

Overall the volume of comments dropped precipitously on the IETF mailing 
list, indicating (to me) that people don't have many nits with it. The 
text in both cases has been drastically simplified, so it's much shorter 
and more straightforward.

Regards,

Sean

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Date: 	Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:01:49 -0800
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A New Internet-Draft is available from the on-line Internet-Drafts directories.
  This draft is a work item of the Applications Area Working Group Working Group of the IETF.

         Title           : The text/markdown Media Type
         Author          : Sean Leonard
	Filename        : draft-ietf-appsawg-text-markdown-05.txt
	Pages           : 14
	Date            : 2014-12-22

Abstract:
    This document registers the text/markdown media type for use with
    Markdown, a family of plain text formatting syntaxes that optionally
    can be converted to formal markup languages such as HTML.

The IETF datatracker status page for this draft is:
https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-ietf-appsawg-text-markdown/

There's also a htmlized version available at:
http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-appsawg-text-markdown-05

A diff from the previous version is available at:
http://www.ietf.org/rfcdiff?url2=draft-ietf-appsawg-text-markdown-05

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A new version of I-D, draft-seantek-text-markdown-use-cases-01.txt
has been successfully submitted by Sean Leonard and posted to the
IETF repository.

Name:        draft-seantek-text-markdown-use-cases
Revision:    01
Title:        text/markdown Use Cases
Document date:    2014-12-28
Group:        Individual Submission
Pages:        18
URL: 
http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-seantek-text-markdown-use-cases-01.txt 

Status: 
https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-seantek-text-markdown-use-cases/
Htmlized: 
http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-seantek-text-markdown-use-cases-01
Diff: 
http://www.ietf.org/rfcdiff?url2=draft-seantek-text-markdown-use-cases-01

Abstract:
    This document elaborates upon the text/markdown media type for use
    with Markdown, a family of plain text formatting syntaxes that
    optionally can be converted to formal markup languages such as HTML.
    Background information, local storage strategies, and additional
    syntax registrations are supplied.
Benoit Perdu | 6 Jan 06:10 2015

Re: Markdown-Discuss Digest, Vol 142, Issue 1


> Two approaches I've seen:
> 
> 1.  On stack exchange they have an editor that makes you type markdown in
> one field, and it shows it formatted in another field.  This works fairly
> well.
> 
> 2.  There is an extension, "Markdown Here" available for both Chrome and
> Firefox that allows you to type MD and there is a toggle that switches
> between marked up verson and fancy text.  Works quite well in gmail/chrome.
> 
> Respectfully,
> 
> Sherwood of Sherwood's Forests

I was unaware of the latter, and am now trying it, it is a great
addition to the browser.

Ben
max hilmer | 4 Jan 13:30 2015
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Auto Transform Text

I would really like to see a feature that auto transforms text written in markdown to WYSIWYG. So if you type *this* it will automatically make the markdown disappear and the word would then be emphasized. This feature is available on apps like Ulysses, Scrivener, and Macchiato, aka for apps focused on writing rather than programming. However I haven't found a way to incorporate this into my wordpress site -allowing all authors this feature. 

Any valuable comments to this issue would be much appreciated, 
Sincerely, 
    Max Hilmer
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mofo syne | 15 Dec 01:09 2014
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markdown/commonmark document specification concept

For those who develop desktop markdown/commonmark editors, it would be interesting to hear your comments about this

While people often treat `.md` files as normal text files. There are some who might want to style their markdown file in a portable manner, so that it looks more like a normal document regardless of where you are. ( A psudo pdf in a sense)

While it is a good policy to keep `.md` files as simple as possible, due to all the legacy software that reads the original markdown files. It may be a good idea to create a new filetype that is aimed for for emulating aspects of a normal word processor (styling your document). What would make this filetype better than `.docx`, is that it perpetrates the markup from the styling (via stylesheet) . ( e.g. if stylesheet is remote linked, then you can update the styling for an entire organization easily . If embedded, the content is still more readable than `.docx` files.)

In practical terms, it encourage users to type in markdown/commonmark, but still allow for flexibility in distributing it as a visually attractive office document.
 
### File Type Proposed ###

# .md ----> Is equiv to `.txt` so just uses the parser engine directly

# .mdoc -----> Parse the document's `metadata/config/style` first, then send through the parser engine

# .mdocz ----> A file archive that contextually obtain configuration from file structure and name of `.mdoc`,`.md`, and other support files in it. 

### Description of each file type ###

# .mdoc

"no parse or show" sections are read first ( to take the place of "link" and "head" tags, etc...), before being passed to the parser.

This is aimed towards those who would like to write documents in a normal text editor ( e.g. like a jekyll post)

    ---
    layout: post
    title: Blogging Like a Hacker
    ---
    
    content here
    
    --- style ---
    .style {color: blue}
    --------------

    --- style:post ---
    .style {color: red}
    ------------------


note: could have multiple selectable styles. By default the first style without name is chosen. Named style can be selected depending on context E.g. `style:print` print friendly style etc...

note2: If you reference a stylesheet, but do not embed it, it will look at the environment for the nearest match. This is useful, in the context of a company that wants every users to use the same stylesheet for internal document. Of course, if you want to send it elsewhere in a consistent manner, you do need to embed it.


# .mdocz

This is a document archive. This is more useful for those who use a dedicated desktop editor. 

Unlike other formats like EPUB, the settings is by context, rather than configuration. 

e.g. 

>The zip file wouldn't contain any new syntax, but rather a collection of existing formats (Markdown, CSS, png files, etc) linked together using convention over configuration. For example, the print stylesheet could always be called "print.css" and the appropriate meta data would be automatically added to the generated HTML. - [quote="chrisalley, post:15, topic:941"]

So when the document header says `style: post`

    ---
    style: post
    title: Blogging Like a Hacker
    ---

it knows to look for `post.css` in the folder CSS first. `layout:post` would look at the layout folder first, before looking at the css folder. ( Much like Jekyll, we should consider support for `liquid template` system, for flexible easy to maintain separation of content to layout). 

> Authors might be able edit the text files within that container zip file using their chosen editor (this would be application specific), so making the files inside the container easy to read and write is important. We can probably do better than using plain CSS too. Perhaps a preprocessor could be used instead such as SASS (original, non-SCSS syntax) which uses indention instead of curly braces/semicolons - closer to Markdown's philosophy --- [quote="chrisalley, post:17, topic:941"]

Thus a typical structure of a book `.mdocz` is (This is just one possible layout, it's contextual):

* index.mdoc
* /css/
* /layout/
* /images/
* /chapters/ <-- chapter documents here
* /bookmark/ <-- user notes here.

While a simple document like a resume, might only be a single .mdoc file (easy to tell what to open first)  plus images scattered in root folder.


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