I’ve had Markdown on my to-do list for a few months, and the other day, with a bit of blank space in my worklist, I decided to give it a shot.
Now we need people who know Markdown and outliners to take a look at this, try it out and relatively quickly, before there’s an installed base to break, figure out if there’s anything special we need to do, because this is an outliner and not a straight text editor.
Here are a couple of considerations:
1. Should we generate one or two return chars at the end of every outline heading? At first we did one, then thought better and generated two, but now we’re back at one. Pretty sure one is the right answer. We often think of a headline as a paragraph, but sometimes headlines are titles. Markdown views titles and paragraphs very differently.
2. Indentation. I thought at first that we should generate a tab for every level, but backed out of that idea quickly because Markdown treats tabs as very special characters. Everything deeper than level 0 would be seen as preformatted code. Not the desired outcome.
So I wonder if there have been any others who have integrated outlining and Markdown before? If so, what did they do here?
See the Fargo docs for an idea how it works from a user’s standpoint.
I welcome any comments from Markdown experts (I am anything but that).