I quite like Markdown. When I need to send verbose thoughts, I often compose them in Byword in Markdown, copy/paste into a GitHub gist, and then send a link to the gist. For emails, it’s nice to get outside of clutter and distraction of the Gmail editor. In other cases, publishing in a gist is simpler and more elemental than writing a blog post, circulating a Google doc, etc.
But the GitHub gist formatting is imperfect for Markdown. Certainly not bad, but not ideal. Lines of text are too long. Vertical spacing between elements is at times confusing. There’s no mobile layout. GitHub can’t be blamed for any of this – gists are a free side-feature, and for the most part are awesome – but I wanted a simpler, more elegant way to present my thoughts.
So I created a little project called mkdown. Compose a gist on GitHub, then pass the gist ID in a mkdown URL, e.g. mkdown.com/8485599, and the
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