From Sustainability Methods

What is Markdown?

Markdown is an easy-to-use markup language that is used with plain text to add formatting elements (headings, bulleted lists, URLs) to plain text without the use of a formal text editor or the use of HTML tags.

Why Markdown?

- Can be used for everything (websites, documents, notes, books, presentations, email messaged, and technical documentation). - Portability: Files containing Markdown-formatted text can be opened using virtually any application. - Platform independent: You can create Markdown-formatted text on any device running any operating system. - Future proof: You’ll always be able to read Markdown-formatted text using a text editing application. - It is everywhere: Websites like Reddit and GitHub support Markdown, and lots of desktop and web-based applications support it.

How does Markdown work?

1. Create a Markdown file using a text editor or a dedicated Markdown application. The file should have an .md or .markdown extension. 2. Open the Markdown file in a Markdown application. 3. Use the Markdown application to convert the Markdown file to an HTML document. 4. View the HTML file in a web brower or use the markdown application to convert it to another file format, like PDF.

Pros & Cons

- simplicity, being fast and easy to learn made it very popular - all features of HTML can be used in Markdown and it is more readable rather than HTML - Markdown is not able to map different element types to each other, so it is less useful as a semantic tool - Creation of table of contents, reusing content, mixing parts together and managing larger documents are not possible Basics - more on [docs.github](

Formating examples


Create a hierarchically nested system in your text, and consider balance to this end. Most larger headings should contain smaller headings, yet not too many of these. Find a balance.

`# The largest heading`
`## The second largest heading`
`##### The smallest heading`

Text styles

##### *Styling text*:
`**This is bold text**`
`*This text is italicized* or _This text is italicized_`
`**This text ist bold and _partly italicized_**`
`***The entire text is bold and italicized***`

**Like this bold text**


##### *Quoting*:

`> Text is a quote`
>Like this  quote
`Use backticks (``) to code quote `
\```  without backslash (\)
This is a 
code quote block
A code block like this


##### *Links*:
`This normal text includes the website [website text](`

##### *Relative Links*:
`We can link a relative to the current file by [text](path/`

##### *Images*:
`We can display an image using ![image text](image_link)`


##### *List*:
[A link Like this to run Markdown ](
![test imge](
- George Washington
- John Adams
- Thomas Jefferson
- We can also created
- unordered lists
1. or create 
2. ordered lists

##### *Nested Lists*:
1. First list item
   - either (-) or (*) needs to be under the first character of the previous item
     * this would be the third nested list item

Mentions and footnotes

##### *Mentioning people and Teams*:
`@name Do you understand how it works?`


##### *Footnotes*:
Simple footnote[^1]
Footnote with several lines[^2]
It is also possible to use words[^note]

[^1]: First reference
[^2]: Second reference
   with multiple lines

[^note]: words are still converted to numbers but makes it more readable for you as you edit.

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