Markdown Basics

Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format for styling all forms of writing.

Basic writing

Paragraphs

Paragraphs in Markdown are simply one or more lines of consecutive text followed by one or more blank lines.

Headings

You can create a heading by adding one or more # symbols before your heading text. The number of # you use will determine the size of the heading.


# The largest heading
## The second largest heading
...
###### The 6th largest heading

Blockquotes

Indicate blockquotes with a >.


Charles M. Schulz:

>
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.

Bolds and Italics

You can make text bold or italic using asterisk * or underscore _.


**bold** or *italic*
__bold__ or _italic_

Lists

Ordered lists

You can make an ordered list by preceding list items with a number, followed by period. or close bracket )


1.
Item 1
2.
Item 2
3.
Item 3
 
1)
Item 1
2)
Item 2
3)
Item 3

Unordered lists

Make an unordered list by preceding list items with either dash -, plus + or asterisk *, or bullet (Press Option-8 on a Mac).


-
Item
-
Item
-
Item
 
+
Item
+
Item
+
Item
 
*
Item
*
Item
*
Item
 
Item
Item
Item

Todo lists

Lists can be turned into todo lists by appending list markers with [ ] or [x] (incomplete or complete, respectively). You can tap on them like a checkbox to toggle between complete and incomplete state.


- [x]
List syntax is required (Either unordered or ordered list)
- [x]
This is a complete item
- [ ]
This is an incomplete item

Nested lists

You can create nested lists by indenting list items.


1.
Item 1
1.
A corollary to the above item.
2.
Yet another point to consider.
2.
Item 2
*
A corollary that does not need to be ordered.
*
You might want to consider making a new list.
3.
Item 3

Links

Auto Links

You can create a link simply by using its URL.


Check this out http://url.com/

Markdown Links

Proper markdown links also support. You can create an inline link by wrapping link text in brackets ( [ ] ), and then wrapping the link in parentheses ( ( ) ).


An [example](http://url.com/)
An [example](http://url.com/ "Title")

Code

Inline code

Use backticks (`) to format text in a special monospace format. Everything within the backticks appear as-is, with no other special formatting. Use the same number of backtick characters to close inline-code


This is an `inline code`
This is an ```inline code``` too

Horizontal rule

Make a horizontal rule using three or more dashes - or asterisks *.


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