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Markdown for GitPress

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John Gruber and Aaron Swartz created the Markdown language in 2004, with the goal of enabling people "to write using an easy-to-read and easy-to-write plain text format"

There are varies syntax between different parsers, GitPress is using marked.js.

Block Elements

Paragraph and line breaks

A paragraph is simply one or more consecutive lines of text. In markdown source code, paragraphs are separated by two or more blank lines. In GitPress, you only need one blank line to create a new paragraph.


Headers use 1-6 hash (#) characters at the start of the line, corresponding to header levels 1-6. For example:

# This is an H1

## This is an H2

### This is an H3


Markdown uses email-style > characters for block quoting. They are presented as:

> This is a blockquote with two paragraphs. This is first paragraph.
> This is second pragraph. Vestibulum enim wisi, viverra nec, fringilla in, laoreet vitae, risus.

> This is another blockquote with one paragraph. There is three empty line to seperate two blockquote.


Input * list item 1 will create an unordered list - the * symbol can be replace with + or -.

Input 1. list item 1 will create an ordered list - their markdown source code is as follows:

## un-ordered list
* Red
* Green
* Blue

## ordered list
1. Red
2. Green
3. Blue

Task List

Task lists are lists with items marked as either [ ] or [x] (incomplete or complete). For example:

- [ ] a task list item
- [ ] list syntax required
- [ ] normal **formatting**, @mentions, #1234 refs
- [ ] incomplete
- [x] completed

Code Blocks

GitPress uses Code-Knack as the living code evaluator. For supported languages, we'll run it through syntax highlighting and executable:

Here's an example:

function test() {
  console.log("notice the blank line before this function?");

syntax highlighting:
require 'redcarpet'
markdown = Redcarpet.new("Hello World!")
puts markdown.to_html

You can find more details here.

Diagrams and LaTeX

You can render LaTeX mathematical expressions and Diagrams using Code block;

\mathbf{V}_1 \times \mathbf{V}_2 =  \begin{vmatrix}
\mathbf{i} & \mathbf{j} & \mathbf{k} \\
\frac{\partial X}{\partial u} &  \frac{\partial Y}{\partial u} & 0 \\
\frac{\partial X}{\partial v} &  \frac{\partial Y}{\partial v} & 0 \\

You can find more details here and here.


In markdown source code, tables look like:

| First Header  | Second Header |
| ------------- | ------------- |
| Content Cell  | Content Cell  |
| Content Cell  | Content Cell  |

You can also include inline Markdown such as links, bold, italics, or strikethrough in the table.

Horizontal Rules

Inputting *** or --- on a blank line and pressing return will draw a horizontal line.

YAML Front Matter

GitPress now supports YAML Front Matter.

You can find more details here

Table of Contents (TOC)

TOC will be generated automatically for each article.

Message Blocks

GitPress implement some Markdown extension from Open Publishing Service, such as Message Blocks.

You can choose from several types of message blocks to draw attention to specific content:

  • NOTE
  • TIP


> [!NOTE]
> This is a NOTE

> This is a WARNING

> [!ERROR]
> This is a ERROR

> [!TIP]
> This is a TIP


These render as follows:


This is a NOTE


This is a WARNING


This is a ERROR


This is a TIP



Span Elements

Markdown supports two styles of links: inline and reference.

In both styles, the link text is delimited by [square brackets].

To create an inline link, use a set of regular parentheses immediately after the link text’s closing square bracket. Inside the parentheses, put the URL where you want the link to point, along with an optional title for the link, surrounded in quotes. For example:

This is [an example](http://example.com/ "Title") inline link.

[This link](http://example.net/) has no title attribute.

will produce:

This is an example inline link. (<p>This is <a href="http://example.com/" title="Title">)

This link has no title attribute. (<p><a href="http://example.net/">This link</a> has no)

You can set the href to headers, which will create a bookmark that allow you to jump to that section after clicking. For example:

Command(on Windows: Ctrl) + Click This link will jump to header Block Elements. To see how to write that, please move cursor or click that link with key pressed to expand the element into markdown source.

Reference-style links use a second set of square brackets, inside which you place a label of your choosing to identify the link:

This is [an example][id] reference-style link.

Then, anywhere in the document, you define your link label on a line by itself like this:

[id]: http://example.com/  "Optional Title Here"

In GitPress, they will be rendered like so:

This is an example reference-style link.

The implicit link name shortcut allows you to omit the name of the link, in which case the link text itself is used as the name. Just use an empty set of square brackets — for example, to link the word “Google” to the google.com web site, you could simply write:

And then define the link:

[Google]: http://google.com/

In GitPress, clicking the link will expand it for editing, and command+click will open the hyperlink in your web browser.


GitPress allows you to insert URLs as links, wrapped by <brackets>.

<[email protected]> becomes i@GitPress.io.

GitPress will also automatically link standard URLs. e.g: www.google.com.


Images have similar syntax as links, but they require an additional ! char before the start of the link. The syntax for inserting an image looks like this:

![Alt text](/path/to/img.jpg)

![Alt text](/path/to/img.jpg "Optional title")

You can find more details here.


A double * or _ will cause its enclosed contents to be wrapped with an HTML <strong> tag, e.g:

**double asterisks**

__double underscores__


double asterisks

double underscores

GitPress recommends using the ** symbol.


To indicate an inline span of code, wrap it with backtick quotes (`). Unlike a pre-formatted code block, a code span indicates code within a normal paragraph. For example:

Use the `printf()` function.

will produce:

Use the printf() function.


To create strikethrough text, round your text with ~~.

~~Mistaken text.~~ becomes Mistaken text.