Markdown (and any time you see code on the web) swaps the
< character with the HTML equivalent
< – but it can do more than that too.
And, were you saying Markdown is the preferred stack over, say Text stack?
Yes. Absolutely. In fact at the recent weaver conference I gave a whole talk about that. How to get the most of text in Stacks.
Text in RapidWeaver (these are not just Stacks features – Stacks leans on the underlying text systems inside of RapidWeaver) comes in 3 varieties:
- Styled Text
- HTML (or Plain Text)
Styled Text (the Text stack) is great while you’re getting started, but it overrides your theme to produce some styles, has a lot of quirks, and generally makes the priority ease-of-use and familiarity with word-processing rather than correctness and consistency.
Markdown will never produce output that’s inconsistent and will always use correct-by-design HTML.
I know it’s a bit of a pain to learn a new way of doing things, but I promise that for anyone that takes the 30 minutes to familiarize themselves with it, the time spent will be paid back many times over with beautiful consistent sites.
If you’re spending a lot of time with RapidWeaver you owe it to yourself.
P.S. – a little bird told me that Stacks 4 might come with a nice dedicated Markdown toolbar so that you can add Markdown styles with a simple click – look for it in the next couple months.
Super Tiny sneak peek: