Markdown Syntax for Dummies

Further to my post of a few days ago, I have compiled an easier-to-read list of Markdown’s syntax for future reference.

Basic Character Codes

**strong** or __bold__
strong or bold

*emphasis* or_italics_`
emphasis or italics

two spaces followed by a line break
<br />

Head Levels

Pound symbols (one for each level) followed by a space
## H2 Level Head

H2 Level Head

Block Quotes

> Block Quote text

Block Quote text


Unordered lists use asterisks *, pluses +, and hyphens —, followed by a space, interchangeably as list markers:
* bob
* frank
* sue

Ordered Lists have any numeral (e.g. 1) followed by a period and a space
1. abc
1. bcd
4. cde
1. abc
1. bcd
4. cde

Horizontal Rule

Three or more hyphens, asterisks, or underscores on a line by themselves


This is [an example]( inline link.
This is an example
Define [ID1]: as a link anywhere in the body and call it using


![Alt text](
Alt text

Images can also be defined. Define [ID2]:
and call it using [ID2]

Backslash Escapes

Markdown allows you to use backslash escapes to generate literal characters that have special meaning in Markdown’s formatting syntax.
\*literal asterisks\*
*literal asterisks*

\ backslash
` backtick
* asterisk
_ underscore
{} curly braces
[] square brackets
() parentheses
# hash mark
+ plus sign
- minus sign (hyphen)
. dot
! exclamation mark