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Markdown Syntax

Mike Ralphson edited this page Nov 13, 2019 · 17 revisions

This is a reference for the Markdown syntax used in Slate.


For headers:

# Level 1 Header
## Level 2 Header
### Level 3 Header

Note that only level 1 and 2 headers will appear in the table of contents.

Paragraph Text

For normal text, just type your paragraph on a single line.

This is some paragraph text. Exciting, no?

Make sure the lines above and below your paragraph are empty.

Code Samples

For code samples:

	# This is some Ruby code!

	# This is some Python code!

Code samples will appear in the dark area to the right of the main text. We recommend positioning code samples right under headers in your markdown file.

For the full list of supported languages, see rouge.

Code Annotations

For code annotations:

> This is a code annotation. It will appear in the area to the right, next to the code samples.

Code annotations are essentially the same thing as paragraphs, but they'll appear in the area to the right along with your code samples.

Formatting code annotations (right column) with its explanation (center column)

In order to correctly format the code in the right column with the text in the center column the code snippet should go first, e.g.

    # My Title

    ## My Subtitle

        Code snippet

        Code snippet

        Code snippet

    #Code snippet

    Whatever that goes in the center column. Lorem ipsum

Putting the content for the center column first and the code snippet afterwards will cause the code snippet to be aligned with the last line of the center column, if the code snippet goes first, then the code is aligned with the first line of the center column.


Slate uses PHP Markdown Extra style tables:

Table Header 1 | Table Header 2 | Table Header 3
-------------- | -------------- | --------------
Row 1 col 1 | Row 1 col 2 | Row 1 col 3
Row 2 col 1 | Row 2 col 2 | Row 2 col 3

Note that the pipes do not need to line up with each other on each line.

If you don't like that syntax, feel free to use normal html <table>s directly in your markdown.

Formatted Text

This text is **bold**, this is *italic*, this is an `inline code block`.

You can use those formatting rules in tables, paragraphs, lists, wherever, although they'll appear verbatim in code blocks.


1. This
2. Is
3. An
4. Ordered
5. List

* This
* Is
* A
* Bullet
* List

Nested Lists

You can do sub-lists in Markdown by indenting the bullets (or numbers) by 4 spaces:

* First
    1. 1
    1. 2
* Second
    * a
    * b
    * c

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Notes and Warnings

You can add little highlighted warnings and notes with just a little HTML embedded in your markdown document:

<aside class="notice">
You must replace meowmeowmeow with your personal API key.

Use class="notice" for blue notes, class="warning" for red warnings, and class="success" for green notes.

Markdown inside HTML blocks won't be processed.

Need Help?

If you have trouble with any of the syntax, or if it's confusing, let us know by filing an issue. Thanks!

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