Text Formatting in AuthorDock - A Basic Tutorial of Markdown

Added by Brian Schwartz almost 3 years ago

Markdown Basics

What will be helpful is to download the source text file of this page. It's a simple txt file with markdown semantic the formatting you see on this page.

Note: You can also find a more advanced/expanded Markdown Tutorial at Markdown - How to format text in AuthorDock (Advanced).

Markdown is also used with Pubwriter.

Here's a good tutorial:
http://markdowntutorial.com/

Some quick tips:

Section breaks (lines to distinguish sections):

it's 3 asterisks in a row:


Paragraph formatting

Heading 1

Heading 2

Heading 3

(you can go up to 6 headings if you really need to!)


Character formatting

ITALIC

or

ITALIC

BOLD

BOLD+ITALIC

strikethrough


Alignment

To center text (only available in PubWriter), you need to place <center> above the text you want to center and </center> below the text you want centered.

Like this:

THIS IS CENTERED

Bulleted Lists:

  • Item 1
  • Item 2
    • Item 2a
    • Item 2b

Numbered Lists

  1. Item 1
  2. Item 2
  3. Item 3
    • Item 3a
    • Item 3b

Quotes (aka comment boxes, callouts):

3 Levels

Quote 1

TEXT

Quote 2

TEXT

Quote 3

PLAIN TEXT


Hidden text

One of the cooler tricks you can do with markdown, is wrap any text with < > - for example will hide the word 'text' when it gets converted to markdown.

This is helpful for comments to the author you want hidden from the reader.


Paragraph formatting note:

If you want to do a 'soft break' - you need to add two spaces at the end of the line.


Images

In order to insert an image, it has to first exist online and be linkable. Sites like Imgur makes this pretty simple, but you can also use dropbox and flickr. You just need the raw URL to your image in the cloud.

(IF you do use dropbox (recommended), then you will need to replace **dropbox.com with dl.dropboxusercontent.com link.**

https://www.dropbox.com/s/mwhuulb5p51t254/news.png?dl=0
becomes:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/mwhuulb5p51t254/news.png?dl=0

Basically, you type the following syntax:

![](image url)

You can link an image as well:

[![](image url)](hyperlink)

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Here's some more helpful tools & tutorials on using Markdown:

Convert your MS Word (.doc or .docx) to Markdown

Convert a webpage to Markdown

https://michelf.ca/projects/php-markdown/concepts/

https://dayone.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/200265094-Markdown-Guide

http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/29/markdown-primer/

http://brettterpstra.com/why-markdown-a-two-minute-explanation/

http://mijingo.com/products/screencasts/basics-of-markdown/

https://dayone.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/200145825-What-is-Markdown-

Here's a downloadable Markdown handbook:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/lk1kx8tfy3hjqtm/markdown-guide.pdf


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