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May 26, 2019 08:40:01

Markdown Function in 200WaD

by @hiro | 424 words | 11🔥 | 165💌

Hiro

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This is the first post to try out the newly implemented function in 200WaD, 'Enable Markdown Editor'.

How to enable it?

Go to your 'setting' by clicking the top right corner under your icon. Then, scroll down 1 or 2 pages under 'General' panel, and find the multiple checkboxes like 'I want to receive a daily reminder to write via email' or 'I am interested in receiving a daily digest of what the members have written' right before 'Save changes'. One of the checkboxes should be 'Enable Markdown Editor'

Why should we use this?

I have been excited to see this function in 200WaD for some reasons. It was more of a intuitive excitement. But once you get used to take notes in markdown style, you do not want to use your mouse to work on styling. It is so convenient to type just

  • 'ctrl + B' to make the sentence bold

  • create bullet points by arranging '*'

  • [text for your hyperlink]'(your link)'

    etc.

For my daily work, I use Typra, which is a markdown editor with real-time rendering function. Of ocurse, as a programmer, it is more convenient to capture the images and codes in Typora. But images are not for 200WaD. I am happy to see that it is more friendly for coders to write code snipets in 200WaD since I originally started to 200WaD to build a writing skill for technical topics. So now I can write a code here. I am not used to just writing a code without testing. Typically, I use Jupyter Notebook so that I can make sure that my sniests are executable at least on my end.

Potential Enhancement

I know this is just implemented so it is too early to say next features but as a note, I would hope the following feature will be also implemented even though I do not know how technically difficult to implement them:

  • Real-time rendering like Typra so that even users who are not familiar with markdown style, they can check what they are writing. This was very helpful when I started to use Typora.
  • Disable 'Real-time rendering' by 'ctrl + /': I assume this markdown rendering would be the source of buggy behaviour and Typora also has buggy behavior too. In that case, I need to disable and see raw sentences and syntax to debug or remove the source of it.

After thoughts

I just publish it using markdown and the experience of using this function is super natural and smooth for me. Excellent User Experience. Thank you for implementing this feature, Baz!

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    @hiro Ok I'll be a pest again. So as someone who has never used Markdown editor, why should I enable it and use it? For some reason, I'm still not getting the advantages over just writing on 200WAD itself.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 26, 2019 09:57:33
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    @hiro you're welcome! :) I'm not familiar with real-time rendering. Right now the editor applies the style to the text in real-time, how is it different?

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 26, 2019 17:56:31
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      @basilesamel Ah, I just did not recognize it is already styled haha. So it is sufficient for me for now. What I meant to say originally is rendering these styles as "published" style as you write. In Typora, it is automatically applying these styling exactly the same as a published/final format e.g., () and [] for a hyperlink, for bold is removed, * for bullet points are converted to the dot. But this is a minor thing I think.

      Hiro avatar Hiro | May 26, 2019 09:04:51
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      @hiro hoooo I see! well there is a preview mode ready but I just need to tweak the css to make it look good :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 26, 2019 18:53:06
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