FoldingText and Markdown

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Herbert Kornfeld

30 Jun, 2012 08:33 PM

You've said repeatedly that Markdown will not strictly interpret everything about Markdown. You've said that it'll deviate when there's something else that you want to do that's more interesting. But there will still be people clamoring for a best-in-breed Markdown editor, and this app has the potential to be that editor.

To this end, it should be possible to enter Markdown mode for certain documents, where the other features are disabled in favor of a strict interpretation of Markdown. (Maybe there could also be a way to scope your documents so that certain parts use certain modes.) In addition, it might also be nice if there was a way to do this for popular forks like MultiMarkdown. To justify the development time required to make this happen, it could be an in-app purchase. I'd be fine paying for that. This would also help in reinforcing your message that FoldingText is more than just another Markdown editor.

Potential marketing:

"FoldingText is a best-in-breed Markdown Editor. But that's just one of its tricks."

  1. Support Staff 2 Posted by Jesse Grosjean on 02 Jul, 2012 04:06 PM

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    To this end, it should be possible to enter Markdown mode for certain documents, where the other features are disabled in favor of a strict interpretation of Markdown.

    Longer term this might be a feature we look into. It’s just that for now I think we can offer a lot more value in other areas. First… just getting everything working well. Second adding some folding and filtering features.

    The thing about many parts of the full markdown syntax is that it’s really designed for viewing and editing in plain text files. So it has (in my mind) a lot of formatting mixed in with the semantics… and that creates issues on our end where we are trying to add our own formatting. At this point I sorta feel like if you want to be doing full markdown (for example as represented by http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/index.text) then it’s pretty hard to beat an existing text editor such as BBEdit or TextMate.

    But I think if you are just talking about basic headings and lists then our approach can add a lot of value. Once we get some of our initial FoldingText goals out of the way then we might look at trying to support the full markdown syntax.

    Jesse

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