Markdown is a common markup language frequently used by developers to write Python project documention.

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Markdown's origin

Markdown was originally developed by John Gruber in 2004. The markup language's lightweight design helped it gain rapid adoption by software developers and designers. The format's simplicity also makes it easier to write parsers to convert the structured syntax into other formats such as HTML and JSON.

Markdown resources

  • Markdown syntax is the defacto standard and wonderful reading for both initial learning and random reference.

  • Markdown cheatsheet is a quick reference that is a shortened version of the above Markdown syntax page.

  • Markdown parsers in Python reviews many of the most common Python Markdown parser implementations to give insight into the advantages and disadvantages of each one.

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