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What is Markdown?
it is a simple markup language to help writers quickly prepare an HTML document without using tags.

Scenario:

  • Let us say you want to write a blog post.
  • You find it cumbersome to write down all the HTML tags required by your post.
  • You want to write naturally in plain text first.
  • Later you can markup the document with Markdown elements wherever you need to use styles such as header, billeted lists etc.
  • Of course, you will need a program that converts it to HTML as required by your blog.
  • Make sure you have a converter handy before you proceed.
  • You may test your conversion here: http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/dingus

Example:

# The Markdown Tutorial #

**By Ryan Hodson ( aka [Slekx](http://slekx.com) )**

Markdown is a lightweight markup language designed to convert plain
text into HTML. It lets you write in a human-readable format, then
does the HTML conversion for you. Markdown was originally written by
John Gruber in PERL, but has since been ported to many other languages.

The markdown text above will render as shown below:

The Markdown Tutorial

By Ryan Hodson ( aka Slekx )

Markdown is a lightweight markup language designed to convert plain text into HTML. It lets you write in a human-readable format, then does the HTML conversion for you. Markdown was originally written by John Gruber in PERL, but has since been ported to many other languages.

What you need:
You will need a plain text editor and a handy reference for markdown syntax.
You may want to purchase a markdown editor like Byword or enjoy the free program MarkdownPad.

Note: Here is a link to markdown syntax. http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax

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