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How to Format Text Paragraphs and Line Breaks

A paragraph is simply one or more consecutive lines of text, separated by one or more blank lines.

When you want to insert a line break, you must end the line with two or more spaces, then type return. Headings

Headings use 1-6 hash characters at the start of the line, corresponding to heading levels 1-6. For example:

This is a heading level 1

This is a heading level 2

This is a heading level 3

This is a heading level 4

This is a heading level 5
This is a heading level 6

Optionally, you may "close" headings:

This is an H1

This is an H2

Blockquotes

You can use email-style > characters for blockquoting.

This is a blockquote with two paragraphs. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aliquam hendrerit mi posuere lectus. Vestibulum enim wisi, viverra nec, fringilla in, laoreet vitae, risus.

Donec sit amet nisl. Aliquam semper ipsum sit amet velit. Suspendisse id sem consectetuer libero luctus adipiscing.

You can to be lazy and only put the > before the first line of a hard-wrapped paragraph:

This is a blockquote with two paragraphs. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aliquam hendrerit mi posuere lectus. Vestibulum enim wisi, viverra nec, fringilla in, laoreet vitae, risus.

Donec sit amet nisl. Aliquam semper ipsum sit amet velit. Suspendisse id sem consectetuer libero luctus adipiscing.

Blockquotes can be nested (i.e. a blockquote-in-a-blockquote) by adding additional levels of >:

This is the first level of quoting.

This is nested blockquote.

Back to the first level.

Blockquotes can contain other elements, including headers, lists, and code blocks:

This is a header.

  1. This is the first list item.
  2. This is the second list item. Lists

You can create ordered (numbered) and unordered (bulleted) lists.

Unordered lists use asterisks:

  • Red
  • Green
  • Blue

Ordered lists use numbers followed by periods: 1. Bird 2. McHale 3. Parish

It's important to note that the actual numbers you use have no effect on the output. If you instead wrote the list like this: 1. Bird 1. McHale 1. Parish

you'd get the exact same output. Code Blocks

Pre-formatted code blocks are used for writing about programming. Rather than forming normal paragraphs, the lines of a code block are interpreted literally. To produce a code block, simply indent every line of the block by at least 4 spaces or 1 tab: tell application "Foo" beep end tell

A code block continues until it reaches a line that is not indented (or the end of the article).

Regular syntax is not processed within code blocks. Horizontal Rules

You can produce a horizontal rule by placing three or more hyphens, asterisks, or underscores on a line by themselves.






Links

Link text is delimited by [square brackets].

To create a 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 inline link.

This link has no title attribute.

If you're referring to a local resource on the same server, you can use relative paths: See my About page for details. Automatic Links

There is a shortcut style for creating "automatic" links for URLs and email addresses: simply surround the URL or email address with angle brackets. What this means is that if you want to show the actual text of a URL or email address, and also have it be a clickable link, you can do this: http://example.com/

Automatic links for email addresses work similarly, except that a bit of randomized decimal and hex entity-encoding will also be performed to help obscure your address from address-harvesting spambots. For example, this: address@example.com

will be turned into something like this: address@exa mple.com

which will render in a browser as a clickable link to "address@example.com".

(This sort of entity-encoding trick will indeed fool many, if not most, address-harvesting bots, but it definitely won't fool all of them. It's better than nothing, but an address published in this way will probably eventually start receiving spam.) Emphasis

Asterisks are indicators of emphasis. single asterisks are italic

double asterisks are bold

You can use whichever style you prefer; the lone restriction is that the same character must be used to open and close an emphasis span. Code

To indicate a 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 theprintf()` function. Images

The image syntax is intended to resemble the syntax for links, allowing for two styles: inline and reference.

Inline image syntax looks like this: Alt text

Alt text

Reference-style image syntax looks like this: Alt text

Where "id" is the name of a defined image reference. Image references are defined using syntax identical to link references: Using HTML

For any markup that is not covered above, you can simply use HTML itself. There's no need to indicate that you're switching to HTML; you just use the tags.

The only restrictions are that block-level HTML elements - e.g.

, ,
, 

, etc. - must be separated from surrounding content by blank lines, and the start and end tags of the block should not be indented with tabs or spaces.

For example, to add an HTML table:

This is a regular paragraph.

Foo

This is another regular paragraph.

Note that the normal syntax is not processed within block-level HTML tags.

Span-level HTML tags - e.g. , , or - can be used anywhere in a paragraph, list item, or header. If you want, you can even use HTML tags instead of normal formatting; e.g. if you'd prefer to use HTML or tags instead, go right ahead.


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