What is Showdown?

Showdown lets you add in-browser preview to existing Markdown apps. Any app that accepts HTML input can now be made to speak Markdown by modifying the input pages's HTML
Showdown is a tool in the Javascript Utilities & Libraries category of a tech stack.
Showdown is an open source tool with 9.4K GitHub stars and 1.3K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Showdown's open source repository on GitHub

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4 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Showdown.

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Johnny Bell
Johnny Bell
Sr. Software Engineer at StackShare · | 10 upvotes · 179.3K views

For Stack Decisions I needed to add Markdown in the decision composer to give our users access to some general styling when writing their decisions. We used React & GraphQL on the #Frontend and Ruby & GraphQL on the backend.

Instead of using Showdown or another tool, We decided to parse the Markdown on the backend so we had more control over what we wanted to render in Markdown because we didn't want to enable all Markdown options, we also wanted to limit any malicious code or images to be embedded into the decisions and Markdown was a fairly large to import into our component so it was going to add a lot of kilobytes that we didn't need.

We also needed to style how the markdown looked, we are currently using Glamorous so I used that but we are planning to update this to Emotion at some stage as it has a fairly easy upgrade path rather than switching over to styled-components or one of the other cssInJs alternatives.

Also we used React-Mentions for tagging tools and topics in the decisions. Typing @ will let you tag a tool, and typing # will allow you to tag a topic.

The Markdown options that we chose to support are tags: a, code, u, b, em, pre, ul, ol, li.

If there are anymore tags you'd love to see added in the composer leave me a comment below and we will look into adding them.


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