Markdown: Writing HTML the Easy Way
I’m not a fan of learning computer languages to write on the web or produce videos. I don’t even want to know the basics of HTML. The technical languages are so sophisticated and change so quickly with new standards, mediums and devices; I just don’t want to put forth the effort to keep up with an ever changing language melting pot.
But if I had to know any code out there, it would be HTML. Many have encouraged me to take the time to learn HTML basics (if nothing else). Sorry, but I don’t want to go even that far. I know HTML is easier than most and fairly practical if you know how to use it. I just don’t want to know that stuff. I’m not technically driven. I’m a creative. I want to create things and simply see them work—hassle free.
Well, we creatives have hassles to deal with. I just don’t want both the creative and technical hassles.
Enter in Markdown for web writers. This is a text formatting code that is as simple and easy as they can possibly come. As you write your documents you intend to post to the web, you add the simplest of character modifiers that later process the document into perfectly formatted HTML for you. Markdown takes out the hassles. It’s so accurate and easy to use, you can feel assured that proof reading your Markdown document is all the proofing you need—it will appear exactly as it should on the web. Markdown is not an app. It’s not a language either. It’s more of a translator, so to speak.
To really get what Markdown is you should read how its developer, John Gruber, puts it. If you write for any website, then Markdown would work for you to make the process simpler and easier. Check out Markdown here.