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       markdown - convert text to HTML


       markdown [ --html4tags ] [ --version ] [ -shortversion ] [ file ... ]

       use Markdown; $html=Markdown::Markdown($text);


       Markdown is a text-to-HTML filter; it translates an easy-to-read /
       easy-to-write structured text format into HTML. Markdown’s text format
       is most similar to that of plain text email, and supports features such
       as headers, *emphasis*, code blocks, blockquotes, and links.

       Markdown’s syntax is designed not as a generic markup language, but
       specifically to serve as a front-end to (X)HTML. You can  use span-
       level HTML tags anywhere in a Markdown document, and you can use block
       level HTML tags (like <div> and <table> as well).

       For more information about Markdown’s syntax, see:



       Use "--" to end switch parsing. For example, to open a file named "-z",

               markdown -- -z

           Use HTML 4 style for empty element tags, e.g.:


           instead of Markdown’s default XHTML style tags, e.g.:

               <br />

       -v, --version
           Display Markdown’s version number and copyright information.

       -s, --shortversion
           Display the short-form version number.


       To file bug reports or feature requests (other than topics listed in
       the Caveats section above) please send email to:


       Please include with your report: (1) the example input; (2) the output
       you expected; (3) the output Markdown actually produced.


           John Gruber

           PHP port and other contributions by Michel Fortin


       Copyright (c) 2003-2004 John Gruber <> All
       rights reserved.

       Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
       modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are

       * Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright
         this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.

       * Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
         notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the
         documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

       * Neither the name "Markdown" nor the names of its contributors may
         be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software
         without specific prior written permission.

       This software is provided by the copyright holders and contributors "as
       is" and any express or implied warranties, including, but not limited
       to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a
       particular purpose are disclaimed. In no event shall the copyright
       owner or contributors be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental,
       special, exemplary, or consequential damages (including, but not
       limited to, procurement of substitute goods or services; loss of use,
       data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any
       theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort
       (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use
       of this software, even if advised of the possibility of such damage.