Text formatting help

Text formatting on Indymedia uses a simple format known as Markdown. You can style your articles however you like either by using the formatting toolbar or by following these few simple rules.

Paragraphs and line breaks

Paragraphs and line breaks work very simply: a single return will create a line break and a double return will create a paragraph.

The following will text will create two paragraphs:

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago- never mind how long precisely- having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.

It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself…

Links

Bare urls (eg. “http://www.example.com”) will automatically become clickable. If you want to provide text for your link, use this format: [Link text](http://www.example.com).

Now, when I say that I am in the habit of going to sea (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea) whenever I begin to grow hazy about the eyes, and begin to be over conscious of my [lungs](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lungs), I do not mean to have it inferred that I ever go to sea as a passenger.

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Now, when I say that I am in the habit of going to sea (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea) whenever I begin to grow hazy about the eyes, and begin to be over conscious of my lungs, I do not mean to have it inferred that I ever go to sea as a passenger.

Bold

You can set text to bold by wrapping it in double asterisks (**) on either side.

But look! here come **more crowds**, pacing straight for the water, and seemingly bound for a dive. **Strange!**

Italics

Italics can be achieved by wrapping text in underscores (_) on either side.

Nothing will content them but the _extremest_ limit of the land; loitering under the shady lee of yonder warehouses _will not suffice._ No.

Subheadings

You can create subheadings (and sub-subheadings) by preceeding a line with two or three hashes (## or ###) and a space.

## Subheading

Once more. Say you are in the country; in some high land of lakes. Take almost any path you please, and ten to one it carries you down in a dale, and leaves you there by a pool in the stream.

### Sub-subheading

There is magic in it. Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries- stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water, if water there be in all that region.

Lists

You can created unordered lists by preceeding each line in the list by a dash (-), a plus sign (+) or an asterisk (*):

  • - Take two cups of sugar
  • - Mix well with the flour
  • - Place in the oven at 180 degrees
  • Take two cups of sugar
  • Mix well with the flour
  • Place in the oven at 180 degrees

You can even create nested lists by indenting the nested items by 4 spaces.

  • - Take two cups of sugar
  •     - Ensure the sugar lump free
  •     - Aerate the sugar with a fork
  • - Mix well with the flour
  • Take two cups of sugar
    • Ensure the sugar is lump free
    • Aerate the sugar with a fork
  • Mix well with the flour

Numbered lists

You can create a numbered list by preceeding each line of the list with a number followed by a period and a space (1. ). The numbers don't matter as they will be computed automatically.

  • 1. Item 1
  • 2. Item 2
  • 5. The numbers don't matter
  1. Item 1
  2. Item 2
  3. The numbers don't matter

Blockquotes

If you want to quote someone at length, you can use a blockquote to set apart the quote from the rest of your text. To do this, precede the paragraph by a greater-than sign (>) and space.

> No, when I go to sea, I go as a simple sailor, right before the mast, plumb down into the fore-castle, aloft there to the royal mast-head. True, they rather order me about some, and make me jump from spar to spar, like a grasshopper in a May meadow.

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