Markdown: Basics

Getting the Gist of Markdown's Formatting Syntax

This page offers a brief overview of what it's like to use Markdown.
The
syntax page provides complete, detailed documentation for
every feature, but Markdown should be very easy to pick up simply by
looking at a few examples of it in action. The examples on this page
are written in a before/after style, showing example syntax and the
HTML output produced by Markdown.

It's also helpful to simply try Markdown out; the Dingus is a
web application that allows you type your own Markdown-formatted text
and translate it to XHTML.

Note: This document is itself written using Markdown; you
can see the source for it by adding '.text' to the URL.

Paragraphs, Headers,

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Markdown: Basics
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Getting the Gist of Markdown's Formatting Syntax
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This page offers a brief overview of what it's like to use Markdown.
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The [syntax page] [s] provides complete, detailed documentation for
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every feature, but Markdown should be very easy to pick up simply by
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looking at a few examples of it in action. The examples on this page
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are written in a before/after style, showing example syntax and the
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HTML output produced by Markdown.
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It's also helpful to simply try Markdown out; the [Dingus] [d] is a
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web application that allows you type your own Markdown-formatted text
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and translate it to XHTML.
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**Note:** This document is itself written using Markdown; you
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can [see the source for it by adding '.text' to the URL] [src].
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  [s]: /projects/markdown/syntax  "Markdown Syntax"
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  [d]: /projects/markdown/dingus  "Markdown Dingus"
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  [src]: /projects/markdown/basics.text
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## Paragraphs, Headers, Blockquotes ##
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A paragraph is simply one or more consecutive lines of text, separated
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by one or more blank lines. (A blank line is any line that looks like
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a blank line -- a line containing nothing but spaces or tabs is
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considered blank.) Normal paragraphs should not be indented with
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spaces or tabs.
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Blockquotes are indicated using email-style '`>`' angle brackets.
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Markdown:
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    A First Level Header
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    A Second Level Header
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    Now is the time for all good men to come to
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    the aid of their country. This is just a
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    regular paragraph.
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    The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy
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    dog's back.
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    ### Header 3
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    > This is a blockquote.
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    > This is the second paragraph in the blockquote.
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    > ## This is an H2 in a blockquote
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