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Why Markdown for Input

Exoprise sometimes uses Markdown for input text that a customer can edit.

What is Markdown

Markdown is a lightweight markup language that you can use to add formatting elements to plaintext text documents. Created by John Gruber in 2004, Markdown is now one of the world’s most popular markup languages.

More information about Markdown is available.

And a cheatsheet for Markdown.

You should be able to include links, headings, lists and other references in Markdown text inputs.

Why we Use Markdown

There are a number of reasons we use Markdown:

  • To allow any HTML input would expose our systems to potential vulnerabilities
  • Markdown is an easy to use, easy to parse text-based mark up language.
  • It’s supposed to be easy to read