Why Text? Why Markdown?
Welcome. A collection of arguments why text is the past, present and future of writing and publishing.
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Single Source Publishing - One Text, Many Formats
HTML, LaTeX, PDF, ODF, DOCX, and More
Example #1 - Latin Alphabet - Wikipedia Article
# Latin alphabet The classical Latin alphabet, also known as the Roman alphabet, is a writing system that evolved from the visually similar Cumaean Greek version of the Greek alphabet. The Greek alphabet, including the Cumaean version, descended from the Phoenician abjad while The Phoenician alphabet is derived from Egyptian hieroglyphics [^1]. ... [^1]: Michael C. Howard (2012), Transnationalism in Ancient and Medieval Societies. pp. 23
in several formats all produced from the single source:
- HTML =>
- PDF =>
abc.pdf(via LaTeX =>
- DOCX =>
Single Source Publishing - One Text, Many Designs
Example #1 - The Zen of Book Designs - One Book, Many Designs
2016 Edition - Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
# Story of the Door Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary, and yet somehow lovable...
- Git Book Theme by Mathieu David
- Rust Book Theme by Steve Klabnik
- Hamilton (Franklin) Book Theme by Bryan Braun
- Epsilon (Franklin) Book Theme by Bryan Braun
Example #2 - The Zen of Page Designs - One Page, Many Designs
It's Just Text - Works Anywhere
World Wide Web, Apple OS X, Microsoft Window, Linux, and Friends
It's Just Text - No Copyright, No License, No Rights Reserved
Free ABC-Like or 123-Like Public Domain Writing (and Formatting) Conventions for Everyone
It's Just Text - Works like the ABC - Will Still Work in 1000+ Years
No "Special" What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get Word Processor De Jour Required
It's Just Text - Minimalistic File Size - Fault Tolerant "What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get" Literally
No Binary Black Box Format or "Open" XML Haystack
Easy to Learn - Learn Formatting Basics in 5 Minutes
- Learn Markdown in 60 Seconds - cheat sheet, quick reference
- Learn Markdown in 10 Minutes - interactive tutorial - lessons include emphasis, paragraphs, headings, links, images, code, blockquotes, lists and more
- Learn Markdown in Y Minutes - quick reference in markdown
Bibliographies & Citations
Unicode Scripts - One Text, Many Languages
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