Formatting or Markdown?

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    Max Yakin Bozek

    I second this but just for links. A better way to insert long links. Like Command K to insert a hyperlink inside just one word. That would be beautiful and super functional!

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    Robert Talbert

    Strong second for Markdown. 

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    dmitry smirnov

    Markdown, please. I mostly need it in "Note" rather then in list items. Existing formatting options in list items are good enough

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    rawbytz

    I've been fervently anti-Markdown (for WorkFlowy) since to implement it system wide would require fundamental changes to the way the WF works.  Markdown, by definition, is bi-modal with edit and view modes.  WorkFlowy isn't; it is WYSIWYG.  

    Much of the "flowy" comes from NOT jerking into and out of view/edit mode whenever you change focus... after all WorkFlowy bullets and notes are just a bunch of different text fields. Markdown is best suited for one big text area, imho. 

    There are hybrid implementations of WYSIWYG and Markdown, and they are getting better.. Slack's is pretty good, but it still requires an editing mode toolbar to make it work.  Would you want a toolbar popping up every time you change text fields in WorkFlowy? I wouldn't. 

    As Dmitry suggests above, I could see a new "View" option for notes (like Boards) where the user could designate a note "Markdown".  When you click into the note it is in edit mode, and then when focus is removed it renders Markdown. In list view these notes would always display rendered and expanded. 

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    Jeet Shah

    @rawbytz

    I totally agree, so we can simply have the markdown editor when typing starts in Shift+Enter mode. once you come out, it should switch to 'view'.

    We wait for typing to start, because for long notes, we may want to just scroll through & view; not read the markdown code!

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    Nate Sammons

    Please please please allow markdown in "notes" -- this would make WorkFlowy pretty much perfect.  Look at how 'Notion' uses / commands to insert things, if this worked in a WYSIWYG Markdown editor inside a note it would be amazing.

    Specifically, I need to be able to:

    * Add code segments with `code` and blocks with ```language ...  ```

    * Bulleted and numbered lists

    * Bold/italic/underlined text

    * Links

    * Embedded media like YouTube, attached images, etc.

     

    Just adding code blocks (inline and blocks) would be amazingly useful.  `code` and ```code``` if nothing else...

     

    Adding rich text to notes would make such a huge difference in usability.  And as far as the "bimodal" editor, take a look at Typora, it has a nice clean WYSIWYG Markdown editor

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    Michał D

    >There are hybrid implementations of WYSIWYG and Markdown, and they are getting better.. Slack's is pretty good, but it still requires an editing mode toolbar to make it work.  Would you want a toolbar popping up every time you change text fields in WorkFlowy? I wouldn't. 

    Please have a look at hackmd.io. They have a veery nice editor. Yes, it does have two panes, for edit and view. But even in edit pane, formatting is applied on-the-fly (at least bold, italics, underline, code fragments and code blocks).

    Similar functionality, with or even without the view mode, would be fantastic to have in WF.

    I could even imagine an application-wide switch to either use current WYSIWYG formatting or markdown (similarly to what is possible in Slack).

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    Ian Edington

    This would also make Workflowy an instant competitor in the Personal Knowledge Manager space (what I'm currently using it for)

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