[Tor www-team] A Novice Take On **Markdown**

Namanyay Goel mail at namanyayg.com
Sat Jan 11 12:02:16 UTC 2014

Even if we decide that Markdown is tough and has a learning curve etc,
using Drupal is not a solution at all.

We could instead have something like a 'submit' page, where the user is
presented with a WYSIWYG/Markdown editor (Which outputs Markdown in the
end), and submitting said form could email relevant parties. Once
submissions are vetted, these are passed to the person with rights to the
repo and it is added to the site.

Drupal is overkill here.

On Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 5:29 PM, Clark Venable <jclarkv at gmail.com> wrote:

> As a non-coder, I sat down this morning to learn more about Markdown.  I
> can read html and css, though would be hard-pressed to create a valid
> document if given a blank page in a text editor.  I use Wordpress and
> Joomla and can edit those template files on my Mac in Coda and BBEdit. (I
> mention this just to let you know where I'm coming from.) I have little
> interest in what is happening behind the front end. It's just a tool for me
> to share information with my family, friends, company, and world.  I like
> what I write to look nice--like what I see on professional web sites. When
> I edit files I am constantly flipping back and forth between html and
> WYSIWYG view to make sure things look as they exists in my minds' eye.
> My first thought is that, were someone not currently familiar with
> Markdown to come to the Tor site with an idea for an addition, the need to
> spend time (even though it's only a little time) to learn how to write
> Markdown does raise the *activation energy*, so to speak.
> Just a little bit of time on Google and I found  an article titled [78
> Tools for Writing and Previewing Markdown](
> http://mashable.com/2013/06/24/markdown-tools/).  I like the fact that
> there are tools that allow me to view the markdown and html result side by
> side. Providing this 'split view' type of editor to potential contributors
> would lower the activation energy for someone new to markdown.
> And this is where I really see the value of using a tool like Drupal on
> the front end if we simply think of it as a way for getting things into a
> database with a user-friendly front-end. Once in the database, we can use
> all sorts of plugins and tools to convert that content to static html files
> directly or to some intermediate format like Markdown and feed it to a
> static site generator like Jekyll.
> Respectfully,
> --
> Clark Venable
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