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Ottawa, Ontario

Just a little corner of the interwebz where I occasionally jot down a thought or two. Why do I do it? Partly to communicate in some way with you, the reader, and partly because it's some sad way of leaving a legacy of some kind I guess.


new tricks for old dogs

Jonathan Tom

I've always been interested in writing though I've never been good at doing so in a creative way. My outlet with writing has always been the put the pen to the paper and go with whatever is on your mind kind of format or, as some refer to it, the verbal diarrhea format. I digress. . .

I find writing in plain text editors too limiting because they give you too little in the way of formatting; I miss having bold and italics at the very least. On the flip side of that however, I don't particularly like writing in rich text editors or word processors like MS Word or Apple Pages.

Enter Byword and Markdown. I guess I should start with a quick explanation of what markdown is and what it's used for. Essentially it's a way of writing in virtually any editor and being able to get the same result from a formatting standpoint. It also offers a cleaner interface than rich text editors and more functionality than plain text editors.

Markdown can be written in any of the previously mentioned text editors from Apple Pages down to TextEdit; it's completely application and platform independent. Byword is an application that makes writing in Markdown even easier than it already is.

So this old dog is learning some new tricks and maybe, just maybe, those new tricks will lead to more blog posts and random nonsense on my blog.