Since someone asked about tables in markdown in the comments section of an earlier post, I thought I’d elaborate a little more. Since the appeal of markdown is its minimalism, options for formatting tables are also fairly limited. LaTeX is a much better tool if one needs to work with complicated tables (like cells that […] Read more – ‘Formatting tables in markdown’.
In my last post I sang praises for markdown as a way to write and collaborate on manuscripts and other scientific documents. As easy as it is to use, the one command line step is enough of a barrier for most academics. This brought back an old idea that I batted around with a few […] Read more – ‘Thoughts on a preprint server’.
I spent an hour this morning polishing up a proposal. This mostly involved running spell-checks, cleaning up tables, and making sure I added in all the right references. That’s when I realized something. I haven’t used Microsoft Word to write anything in over 6 months. How fantastic! Like everyone else I’ve been complaining about MS […] Read more – ‘How to ditch Word’.
When I first started using markdown a couple of years ago, I expected its popularity to be somewhat short lived and mostly in a blogging/note taking context. The greatest appeal of markdown is the fact the learning curve is non-existent, unparsed documents are easily readable (Latex on the other hand is not), and content can […] Read more – ‘Markdown and the future of collaborative manuscript writing’.