This year, I’ve converted the bulk of my content into Markdown – a simple way of formatting text files in a way that can be rendered into HTML.
Not out of choice, really. It was the only solution if I wanted to:
- Edit files on my iPad / iPhone (I’ve started doing that a lot more recently)
- Allow the contents to be viewable as HTML as well as text, and
- Allow non techies to edit the file
If you toss Dropbox into the mix, there’s a powerful solution there. You can share files via Dropbox as Markdown, and publish them as web pages. There are already a number of solutions that let you do this. DropPages.com and Pancake.io let you share Dropbox files as web pages. Calepin.co lets you blog using Dropbox.
My needs were a bit simpler, however. I sometimes publish Markdown files on Dropbox that I want to see in a formatted way – without having to create an account. Just to test things, or share temporarily.
Enter Markdress.org. My project for this morning.
To test it out, create any text file in your Dropbox public folder, get the public link:
… and append it to http://markdress.org/ without the http:// prefix.