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

Nancy Carroll nancy at laughingmaus.com
Sat Jan 11 12:16:47 UTC 2014

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Hi, Clark,

I'll bet that if you're good with BBEdit, you'll be a Markdown pro in
no time.  Also, as far as I can tell, if you are only writing content
and we wind up with Jekyll or somesuch, you probably won't even need
HTML for anything at all.

If it helps, here are a handfull of markdown editors that might make
the whole thing even easier for you.

- -- CLOUD

- -- FOR MAC


Do I remember correctly that you, like Sam and I, want to write for
the newbies?  Looking forward to working with you.

with kind regards,

On 01/11/2014 12:59 PM, Clark Venable 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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