Dart HTML CSS Shell
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A portable Markdown library written in Dart. It can parse Markdown into HTML on both the client and server.

Play with it at dart-lang.github.io/markdown.


import 'package:markdown/markdown.dart';

void main() {
  print(markdownToHtml('Hello *Markdown*'));
  //=> <p>Hello <em>Markdown</em></p>

Syntax extensions

A few Markdown extensions, beyond what was specified in the original Perl Markdown implementation, are supported. By default, the ones supported in CommonMark are enabled. Any individual extension can be enabled by specifying an Array of extension syntaxes in the blockSyntaxes or inlineSyntaxes argument of markdownToHtml.

The currently supported inline extension syntaxes are:

  • new InlineHtmlSyntax() - approximately CommonMark's definition of "Raw HTML".

The currently supported block extension syntaxes are:

  • const FencedCodeBlockSyntax() - Code blocks familiar to Pandoc and PHP Markdown Extra users.
  • const HeaderWithIdSyntax() - ATX-style headers have generated IDs, for link anchors (akin to Pandoc's auto_identifiers).
  • const SetextHeaderWithIdSyntax() - Setext-style headers have generated IDs for link anchors (akin to Pandoc's auto_identifiers).
  • const TableSyntax() - Table syntax familiar to GitHub, PHP Markdown Extra, and Pandoc users.

For example:

import 'package:markdown/markdown.dart';

void main() {
  print(markdownToHtml('Hello <span class="green">Markdown</span>',
      inlineSyntaxes: [new InlineHtmlSyntax()]));
  //=> <p>Hello <span class="green">Markdown</span></p>

Extension Sets

To make extension management easy, you can also just specify an extension set. Both markdownToHtml() and new Document() accept an extensionSet named parameter. Right now there are two extension sets:

  • ExtensionSet.none includes no extensions. With no extensions, Markdown documents will be parsed closely to how they might be parsed by the original Perl Markdown implementation.
  • ExtensionSet.commonMark includes two extensions so far, which bring this package's Markdown parsing closer to what is found in the CommonMark spec:

    • new InlineHtmlSyntax()
    • const FencedCodeBlockSyntax()
  • ExtensionSet.gitHub includes five extensions:

    • new InlineHtmlSyntax()
    • const FencedCodeBlockSyntax()
    • const HeaderWithIdSyntax(), which adds id attributes to ATX-style headers, for easy intra-document linking.
    • const SetextHeaderWithIdSyntax(), which adds id attributes to Setext-style headers, for easy intra-document linking.
    • const TableSyntax()

Custom syntax extensions

You can create and use your own syntaxes.

import 'package:markdown/markdown.dart';

void main() {
  var syntaxes = [new TextSyntax('nyan', sub: '~=[,,_,,]:3')];
  print(markdownToHtml('nyan', inlineSyntaxes: syntaxes));
  //=> <p>~=[,,_,,]:3</p>

CommonMark compliance

This package contains a number of files in the tool directory for tracking compliance with CommonMark.

Updating CommonMark stats when changing the implementation

  1. Update the library and test code, making sure that tests still pass.
  2. Run dart tool/common_mark_stats.dart --update-files to update the per-test results tool/common_mark_stats.json and the test summary tool/common_mark_stats.txt.
  3. Verify that more tests now pass – or at least, no more tests fail.
  4. Make sure you include the updated stats files in your commit.

Updating the CommonMark test file for a spec update

  1. Check out the CommonMark source. Make sure you checkout a major release.
  2. Dump the test output overwriting the existing tests file.

    /path/to/common_mark_dir> python3 test/spec_tests.py --dump-tests \
      > /path/to/markdown.dart/tool/common_mark_tests.json
  3. Update the stats files as described above. Note any changes in the results.

  4. Update any references to the existing spec by search for http://spec.commonmark.org/0.27 in the repository. (Including this one.) Verify the updated links are still valid.
  5. Commit changes, including a corresponding note in CHANGELOG.md.