Have you ever pasted application code into a forum thread and saved it, only to see your comment broken and garbled when you refresh the page? This may have happened to you, and as developers it is imperative that our code samples are properly formatted.
Markdown is a lightweight markup language that corrects this frustration. It is easy to read and easy to write, ensuring your content is formatted properly. For those not familiar, spend some time going over the official Markdown Syntax Guide at Daring Fireball. If you are the Learn-By-Doing type, check out the Web Dingus. As an example, we will demonstrate the main syntactical elements used by most developers, which are
I _really_ like that [Developer Connection](http://developer.omniture.com) supports `Markdown`. I can now post rich code like this! $response = $api->sendRequest('Company.GetReportSuites', $params); return $response['report_suites']; Thanks, **guys**, for making this possible. On the whole, I'd say you all are: * Benevolent * Tenacious * Splendid
This will output the following response:
I really like that Developer Connection supports
Markdown. I can now post rich code like this!
$response = $api->sendRequest('Company.GetReportSuites', $params); return $response['report_suites'];
Thanks, guys, for making this possible. On the whole, I'd say you all are:
There is a convenient reference to the syntax guide everywhere Markdown is used. Look for the link in the upper right corner of the text area.
Clicking on it will provide you with a fancybox containing the syntax guide.
For those familiar with Github-Flavored Markdown (GFM), there are some key differences. The most important one being
newline breaks are not parsed as
<br /> tags. Add two or more spaces at the end of a line to insert a line break.
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