Update - 3/13/14
I decided to start a blog on Berea Project so that I could share updates and thoughts on how to improve the site. Once Berea Project launches officially this will act as a place to share site news and information about upcoming articles. Until then it will show what is going on behind the scenes. My goal is to update this blog at least once a week.
I have decided to use multimarkdown to create the articles on the site rather than using something bulky like Word or Pages. There are several advantages to this. The process of creating content involves a writer, an editor, and a programer to add the content to the site. I am all three for this site until we have some other contributors and eventually an editor. I want to do all three as efficiently as possible. Pages and Word are notorious for adding unnecessary code to webpages. This can cause problems so I eliminated them as text editors. The thought of having to hand code the pages, which is time consuming and is hard to read when editing, also bothered me. Trying to edit typos after adding code is a nightmare for reasons you will see later. If possible I wanted something that would allow me to write, edit and code in the same tool. Then I found markdown. Markdown is a series of markings that can be added to a document in place of code without impacting its readability. When I am finished editing a document I can export it as HTML and put it on the site. For example:
Headline - What you see
<h3>Headline - What I would have to type if editing HTML</h3> ###Headline - All I have to type in markdown
The advantage is particularly noticeable when I am writing long documents with many links. For example:
Let’s say I were to write a paragraph like this. In this paragraph I link to this document. I also link to this document. I can easily read and even edit the document with markdown. It is not nearly as readable with HTML.
Let's say I were to write a paragraph like this. In this paragraph I link to this <a href="https://bereaproject.squarespace.com/articles/2009/2/21/the-unpardonable-sin-reconciling-the-words-of-jesus-and-the.html">document<a/>. I also link to this <a href="https://bereaproject.squarespace.com/articles/2009/2/3/ecclesiastes-129-12-priority-of-the-teacher-in-the-quest-for.html">document</a>. I can easily read and even edit the document with markdown. It is not nearly as readable with HTML.
Let's say I were to write a paragraph like this. In this paragraph I link to this [document]. I also link to this [document]. I can easily read and even edit the document with markdown. It is not nearly as readable with HTML.
I do still need the long links but with markdown I can add them to the bottom of the page and keep the text clean and readable. The links look just like citations in a normal paper so even that is easy to read.