Effective Markdown Editing with the WMD editor and the Save Text Area Firefox plugin

October 18, 2008 Pivotal Labs

Anytime I need to edit Markdown, I reach for the WMD editor. Their splitscreen demo is the most effective way to edit Markdown that I have seen.

The left screen is the editor and the right screen is the “real-time” preview of the Markdown. It is nice because I don’t have to press a preview button to see rendered Markdown. The Markdown is also rendered as I type so I get instantaneous feedback of my changes.

There is also a Save Text Area Firefox addon, which enables me to save/load the contents of a text area to/from a file on the filesystem. Also the Ctrl+s shortcut saves the file.

So when editing Markdown, I:

  1. Open Firefox and go to http://wmd-editor.com/examples/splitscreen?blank=1
  2. Load or Save a markdown file by right-clicking the editor screen
    1. Going to the Text submenu
    2. Clicking Load or Save As
  3. Edit the file and see the generated output

Of course, its not a text editor replacement, since the possible text manipulation in Firefox is limited, but the feedback that is provided by WMD is very effective to rapid Markdown editing. I hope this sort of UI becomes more common.

Now if only there were a similar Textile editor…

About the Author

Biography

Previous
Testing modules that get included in a controller
Testing modules that get included in a controller

We recently ran into a problem of testing a module that was getting included in multiple controllers. More ...

Next
Moving from Subversion to Git
Moving from Subversion to Git

Moving from Subversion to Git We recently moved our project from subversion to git, and so far the move ha...

SpringOne Platform 2019 Presentations

Watch Now