Maybe you’ll read that title and think: Damn, Chris. Little dogmatic isn’t it? There are lots of ways to do things, especially on the web. Why be all prescriptive? You’d be right. What I actually want is for everyone creating content on the web to create that content in a clean way that will serve them long into the future. Markdown, I feel, highly encourages that. Let us explore some of those ways. If you have no idea what Markdown is, it’s a “text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers”. It’s root is here and there are many implementations. This is #1 for a reason. I overflow with sadness when I hear of someone dealing with legacy content that is full of ancient markup. I bet you know what I mean. Things like around seemingly random sentences. wrapping every single blog post because it was just “what you did”. Images force-floated to the right because that made sense three designs ago. Headers with class names on them that don’t even exist anymore. Tables of data spit into content with all the whitespace stripped out and weird alignment attributes you barely recognize. An about page
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