Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Markup Markdown Language

The markup markdown language is used throughout Coursera so learning  to use it makes communication throughout Coursera much easier.

The students are not aware of how it works and their communication tends to lack formatting.
I am sure it is difficult for them to get what they want.

To teach the students to communicate through this system I have started to send short tips on how to use the markup language.
The response to these tips has been positive, and I hope the communication within the class becomes better.

The more I use the markup language the more I love it.
Here are some tips on how it is used.

The philosophy of the language is to write in a readable way using additional punctuation to create the advanced formatting features we see in a contemporary word processor.

For example this *italic* text.
would render as:
For example this italic text.

The beauty of this language is that it reads either way.
If I were to see a markup text file I would understand it and recognize the formatting without the pretty italics.

Here are the markup tips I have been sending out in my "Loudon's Latest" forum and on the impmooc facebook page:

Markdown tip: Pretty links! Put the words you want displayed in bracket"[display this]" then the actual link in parenthesis"(http://linkhere)" as in: [display this](http://linkhere) Once you try it a few times you will get really comfortable with the technique.

Markdown tip(for nice formatting in Coursera): for italics put asterisks on either side of a word like *this*.

1 comment:

  1. I wasn't aware that this was an official "language," but it looks like what I've used when doing Wikipedia documents... What's strange is that I've intuitively used the *star* strategy, but just because I was too lazy to highlight the word and do command-i to actually italicize it! I'll be interested in learning more about this "markup markdown" language...