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Support Markdown syntax #1843

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felixarntz opened this Issue Jul 10, 2017 · 6 comments

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felixarntz commented Jul 10, 2017

Issue Overview

At the moment, when writing a very simple post (regular text content only) in Gutenberg, the user is required to use the mouse for things like inserting headings, links, formatting text in bold/italic etc. While Gutenberg is optimized for supporting creation of complex layouts, it should be as easy and streamlined as possible to write a basic post with text content. Only having to use the keyboard would make that much quicker.

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If Gutenberg supported the Markdown specification, that would be possible. The current WordPress editor at least supports a subset of it, but I think Gutenberg should support much more of it. If users could simply write ## My Heading and make that a heading block automatically, it would make the process of writing a post much quicker. Same applies of course for the other things, like formatting text or maybe even adding links.

@schlessera highlighted recently that Dropbox Paper has that kind of support for Markdown, and when I tested it, I loved it. Please try it to get an idea of my suggestion.

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westonruter commented Jul 10, 2017

Support for text patterns is being worked on in #1674. I imagine that could be extended to support headings.

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pento commented Jul 11, 2017

Core's textpatterns already support headings, so I assume it will be part of #1674.

-1000 on full Markdown support, that should be a plugin. It's far too niche, and a maintenance nightmare to make sense of the various Markdown parsing libraries.

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ntwb commented Jul 11, 2017

No WordPress Flavoured Markdown then 🤔

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felixarntz commented Jul 11, 2017

@pento Right, I probably went over the top with supporting "the Markdown specification". Headings and links in addition to the current stuff (bold, italic, code...) would be very beneficial though.

I wasn't aware of #1674, I'll leave a comment there too.

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mtias commented Aug 18, 2017

The basic markdown-like patterns are implemented.

@mtias mtias closed this Aug 18, 2017

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terrylinooo commented Jan 8, 2019

Maybe you can consider the Markdown editor plugin.

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