What is Markdown?

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WHAT IS MARKDOWN?

Markdown is a simple way to format text for the web without writing any HTML. It is used to add formatting to plain text. Markdown can be easily converted into HTML which will then be shown as fully-formatted text. Markdown is meant to be very easy to write, and also very easy to read – and uses common keyboard symbols that are noticeably related the purpose they are used for.

Markdown was created in 2004 by John Gruber. Significant contribution to the project was made by Aaron Swartz. Additionally, great work has been done in the field by Jeff Atwood and many others. Markdown has been implemented by many well-known sites including reddit, Trello, GitHub, Stack Exchange, and WordPress.

Many people, sites, and companies have created additional versions of Markdown to fit their specific needs.

The original and full Markdown documentation can be found at Daring Fireball.

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Markdown is easy to read and to write. With so many great sites and apps using Markdown, its worth learning how to use it.

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**This is bold**
This is bold

*This is italics*
This is italics

[This is a link](http://example.com/)
This is a link

– This is a list (can use -, +, or *)
– This is a list (can use -, +, or *)
– This is a list (can use -, +, or *)

  • This is a list (can use -, +, or *)
  • This is a list (can use -, +, or *)
  • This is a list (can use -, +, or *)

1. This is a numbered list
2. This is a numbered list
3. This is a numbered list

  1. This is a numbered list
  2. This is a numbered list
  3. This is a numbered list

#This is an H1

This is an H1

##This is an H2

This is an H2

###This is an H3

This is an H3

####This is an H4

This is an H4

#####This is an H5

This is an H5

###### This is an H6

This is an H6

~~This is strikethrough~~
This is strikethrough

This is a blockquote

This is a blockquote

The following is a horizontal line: —