Online Markdown Converter For Open Educational Resources

George Williams, Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan 03, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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The story here (buried in the third and last paragraph of this short article) is that "the University of Oklahoma Libraries has made available a Pandoc-based, web-hosted, open-source Markdown Converter." The idea behind 'markdown' is that it's a way of writing text that can be formatten (into bold, paragraphs, lists, etc) without the use of computing code (like HTML or the languages used to define PDFs and MS-Word documents). It makes entering text into (some) web-based forms a lot easier. That's it. Meanwhile, I'm wondering why the author refers to Lincoln, Ryan and Konrad only by their first names while Alex Gil gets the full first-and-last name treatment. (Update: figured it out: Lincoln, Ryan and Konrad are regular Chronicle bloggers, while Alex Gil is not.)

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