For those who find HTML to be excessively verbose, brittle to construct, and difficult to read, Markdown can provide a simpler alternative. In essence, it is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web content writers that is modeled on well-written email so it is both easy to read and easy to write. Users considering a switch to Markdown (plugins exist to use Markdown for a variety of content management software, including Drupal and Wordpress), will find this tutorial a great place to start. Each lesson begins by introducing a single Markdown concept and offers a sandbox for practice. Once the concept is mastered, users can proceed to the next (there are seven in total). For writers concerned more with content than design and who are looking to learn a simple formatting solution, this is a wonderful resource.
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