Markdown, Not Markup

The Center for Digital Humanities and Culture is pleased to announce the fifth of its ongoing workshops for the Open Source Toolkit. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to join us to learn about using the web shorthand called Markdown to easily publish and share documents for the web. The workshop takes place on Monday, April 7 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Stabley Library 201.

Markdown is a simple, easy to learn way to creating documents for the web without the complexity of HTML getting in the way of the writing workflow. Markdown also allows you to avoid using web editors or messy conversions such as those produced by tools like MS Word. Whether you write for a blog or Moodle, Markdown is for you.

Not only is Markdown a handy time-saver for daily work, it is also flexible and secure. Using Markdown allows you to write in any environment you choose -- a web browser, a text editor, even your phone or tablet; it also reflects some core open-source values of accessibility and portability. Unlike the documents you might have created in Wordperfect, Pagemaker, MacWrite or Wordstar, files you create and save in Markdown will always be readable. In addition, Markdown also shines in its flexibility: documents can be easily converted to HTML for the web, docs, PDFs, and even slideshows.

Workshop leader undergraduate Annie Lin, assisted by Dr. Kenneth Sherwood, will provide a practical introduction to using Markdown that will leave participants fluent in this new, simple language and able to apply it to a variety of applications. This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for hands-on experimentation and provide participants with the Open Source toolkit to produce their own websites and Markdown documents.

Slideshow, PDF, Web page, MD source.

Additional information about the workshop series is available on the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture website. Questions also may be directed to the DHC by e-mail at