Markdown — a new feature available to ACFJ commenters
Are there times when you are writing a comment that you wish you could italicize a word or make it bold? Resorting to ALL CAPS is an option when wanting to draw attention to text, but it’s frowned upon online because it comes across as if the commenter is yelling or screaming at the reader. And a lot of ALL CAPS can be hard to read. Barbara and I have access on the backend of the blog to make words italicize or bold, but you could only add these features if you knew HTML coding.
Some of you may be familiar with Markdown, a text-to-HTML conversion tool. For those who are not – according to its maker, John Gruber, “Markdown allows you to write using easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid HTML.” When using Markdown with WordPress it allows one a basic way to style text and WordPress does the conversion to official HTML text.
Enough techno talk. I want to show you, the commenter, one way that you can add two commonly used features to your comment: italic and bold
Italic (i.e. emphasize a word)
To italicize a word in your comment simply add the * symbol (found as the uppercase 8 key on your keyboard) directly before and after the word you want to emphasize. Note: Do not leave a space between * and the word as the example shows. I had to leave a space so you could see the example, otherwise, WordPress would do the conversion and all you would see is the end result.
For example: * emphasize *
Bold (i.e. strong emphasis)
To bold a word in your comment simply add the ** symbol (found as the uppercase 8 key on your keyboard) directly before and after the word you want to make strong. Again note: Do not leave a space between ** and the word.
For example: ** Bold **
When you hit ‘send’ for your comment, WordPress will convert your symbols to official HTML and your comment will appear on the blog with your word(s) being italicized or bold.
(There is another way to add italics and a strong emphasis to a word, but we are only going to show one way.)
More about Markdown
Markdown Quick Reference Guide – from WordPress
Note: WordPress does *NOT* support Markdown’s line break capability.
Markdown – Wikipedia (an overview)
Mastering Markdown (download PDF version option, less technical)
What is Markdown? (more technical information)
We encourage those who want to give Markdown a try, to do so. Don’t worry if there are some oops at times in your comments. Barbara and I will try to help and/or fix things on our end, if needed.