Markdown Mastery: Simple Yet Powerful Writing Format
Are you looking for a writing format not encumbered by commercial, closed-format? Would you like that format to be based on plain text? However, not complex like HTML.
In this course, students will learn about the Markdown format which is great as a source writing format for notes, outlines, blog posts, and perhaps even a novel. Academic theory, technical demos, and practical examples are all balance in this course to provide a comprehensive treatment of Markdown and its various uses.
Introduction and Setup provides an introduction to this course and setup the editor used throughout the course.
Once we understand the benefits and purpose of Markdown and have an editor ready to go, we start off with Markdown Basics that covers all the core aspects of the Markdown syntax (formatting).
With the foundations in place, we move on to extended or enhanced flavor (variations) of Markdown. These enhancements have been nearly universally adopted, they are nearly as well supported as the original core of Markdown.
With the Markdown format primer out of the way, the course shifts from technical execution of various features of Markdown to practical examples and use-cases of Markdown in action.
Presentations provide audio/video training of conceptual ideas. Since few like slide-ware presentations, slide-presentations are kept to a minimum.
Screencasts provide a video of the instructor's computer system with any actions, commands, or screens displayed and narrated. There is nearly 1 hour of screencast based video training in order to step through each of the various aspects of this course.
The technical (formatting) parts of this course are also part of the "Git Complete" course. However, much of this course is unique -- especially the practical examples provided.
Overview of the Markdown Basics section with an outline of key concepts covered
Screencast demonstration of paragraphs and line breaks in Markdown format
Screencast demonstration of headers in Markdown format
Screencast demonstration of emphasis (bold and italics) in Markdown format
Screencast demonstration of quotes (with attribution) in Markdown format
Screencast demonstration of inline code styles and code blocks in Markdown format
Screencast demonstration of ordered and unordered lists in Markdown format
Screencast demonstration of horizontal rules in Markdown format
Screencast demonstration of external links in Markdown format, covering three ways to create and reference links to websites (incline, referenced, and automatic links)
Screencast demonstration of referencing images in Markdown format
Screencast demonstration of inline HTML in Markdown format, for the times when native Markdown isn't enough
Overview of the Enhanced Markdown section with an outline of key concepts covered
Screencast demonstration of adjusting settings in StackEdit for the Enhanced Markdown section
Screencast demonstration of tables in enhanced Markdown format
Screencast demonstration of fenced code blocks in enhanced Markdown format, which allow specifying the language or syntax of the code block for clients that support this feature.
Overview of the Using Markdown section with an outline of key topics or tasks covered
Screencast demonstration of adjusting settings in StackEdit for the Using Markdown section
Screencast demonstration of using Markdown for outlining and brainstorming
Screencast demonstration of using Markdown for taking notes and cloud integration (part 1) -- starting off using an iOS Markdown editor called Editorial.
Screencast demonstration of using Markdown for taking notes and cloud integration (part 2) -- returning to StackEdit to complete the cloud-based note-taking round trip.
Screencast demonstration of using Markdown for posting to a Wordpress blog using the Markdown post feature of the JetPack plugin. Also covers how to install and configure the JetPack plugin for Wordpress to enable Markdown posting posting support.
Screencast demonstration of using Markdown for writing and formatting a Novel (part 1) or other long form literature. Lecture uses an existing, public domain novel from Project Gutenberg and then apply formatting from the plain-text version to a fully formatted Markdown version.
Screencast demonstration of using Markdown for exporting the Novel (previous lecture) into HTML. Also, covers reviewing the Novel document in StackEdit before export.
Review of the Markdown concepts covered in this course and some final thoughts.