MarkDown is a simple processor that converts text to HTML. For example, it converts *text surrounded by asterisks* to italics.
SmartyPants replaces "straight quotes" with “curly quotes” and makes a few other typographic improvements.
EditPad Pro is a very respectable text editor for Windows. It’s fast and contains scrillions of useful features. It’s not the fanciest thing in the world, but if you’re still using Notepad for the occasional bits of text, it’s a fine drop-in replacement.
Here’s what it takes to get them all working together on a typical Windows setup:
c:\perl\markdown\Markdown.pl %1 > "%~dpn1.tmp"
c:\perl\markdown\SmartyPants.pl "%~dpn1.tmp" > "%~dpn1.html"
start "" "%~dpn1.html"
c:\perl\markdown\md.bat "%FILE%". You may want to check the box in the Files tab that says “Save the current file if it has unsaved changes.”
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