Introduction to online markdownMarkdown is a markup language with a simple text formatting syntax. It is designed to provide basic formatting to text. Each piece of Markdown formatting has a corollary in HTML. This means that online Markdown is easy to write and maintain. Markdown was released in 2004 and is now one of the most popular markup languages on the web, powering GitHub (with Github-flavored Markdown or GFD) and many other sites.Advantages of online markdownOnline Markdown editors make it easy to write Markdown in the browser. Markdown can be integrated into apps for writing (as is the case with Authorea -- which supports inline Markdown). It can also be used as a standalone service for things like note-taking. Some of the most popular online markdown editors are:DillingerMinimalist Online Markdown EditorMarkableStackEditAuthoreaMarkdown for research writingAuthorea is an online document editor that has full Markdown support. Whether you want to write entirely in Markdown, or switch between markdown and richtext, you can do so in Authorea. If you're writing technical or scientific documents you'll find that Authorea can support your writing style. Authorea also renders the online Markdown environment beautifully to HTML5 in the browser. This makes documents into beautiful web pages.