How do I format text?

We use a revised version of Markdown to markup text:

"Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML)."

That means you use certain characters as formatting commands and you place these characters amongst your text to create certain effects and functionality. The text stays clean and readable and you retain your sanity.


Basic formatting

*bold* results in bold
_emphasis_ results in emphasis
-strike- results in -strike-
--- (3 dashes) results in a horizontal rule

Headers

Headers use 1 to 5 hash characters (#) at the start of the line, corresponding to header levels 2-6.

# This is an H2
## This is an H3
### This is an H4
#### This is an H5
##### This is an H6

Lists

* An item in a bulleted (unordered) list
* Another item in a bulleted list

\1. An item in an enumerated (ordered) list
\2. Another item in an enumerated list

Blockquotes

> This text will be enclosed in an HTML blockquote element.