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Testing Markdown publishing from Byword

Apologies for having been somewhat quiet here for a couple of months—I’ve had plenty to keep me occupied, but if you’re really keen to keep up with what I’m up to, my Twitter feed is probably the most active of my online presences at the moment.

Screenshot of Byword for iPhone
Editing a Markdown document in Byword (iPhone)
For that matter: this won’t perhaps be the most informative of blog posts, as its primary purpose is to test out publishing to WordPress via the Byword app for iPhone, in which I wrote this post. (The Bluetooth keyboard is officially one of my favourite gadgets.)

Yes, dear reader: I have belatedly discovered Markdown, the streamlined formatting system for writing in plain text. In combination with the “Swiss army-knife” document converter Pandoc, I think I may have discovered my ideal document-preparation system… but others have written more in-depth on that particular topic, and I won’t for now. I’m too busy learning the ropes!

So, I’m just going to try publishing this, and see how things pan out… I’ll be back shortly with something that’s a bit less of a technical test!

Post-publish note: I noticed a few “quirks” of publishing a Markdown document from Byword to WordPress, which I’ve had to tidy up before actually making this post public. I’ll go back and check that the problems were not down to my inexperience and/or errors, before I give any further details. For now, though, I’ll just say “it works”!

Post-post publish note: OK, I’ll let you in on one of the “quirks”… which as I feared, was down to my inexperience with Markdown. You can actually see the problem in the screenshot earlier: I’d hand-coded the links incorrectly. In Markdown, the syntax for a link is as follows:

[Link text](http://siteyouwanttolinkto.com/)

Whereas Muggins Here had typed:

[http://siteyouwanttolinkto.com/](Link text)

Users of Byword may be asking at this point: “why did you hand-code, instead of using Byword’s ‘shortcut’ buttons to create the link?” Good question, with a simple answer: if you’re using a Bluetooth keyboard, Byword hides the row of Markdown formatting buttons (and, for that matter, doesn’t let you get to the menu at the top of the screen either, until you turn off the BT keyboard, but that’s another story).

I’ll share a couple more tips for Byword-WordPress co-existence another time, once I’ve written them up!

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