Raw markdown editor for messaging
Hi MS guys,
Can you please add a simple raw markdown editor for messaging?
Currently the markdown input is so unstable.
Heavy support, I write markdown, I know markdown, I can edit markdown. Having to deal with the display adjusting as I mark thing with formatting is super distracting.
Markdown is designed to be human readable so there is no need to format it.
At most I would recommend formatting the text but keeping the markup characters, make *italic* appear italic and **bold** appear bold for some feedback, but keep my *s in place.
Reilly Wood commented
This drives me crazy. I have no interest in using a WYSIWYG editor, especially when it fails at basic use cases like copy/pasting Markdown messages.
Matthew Bungard commented
A markdown WYSIWYG might work for those that like the current experience...but the **** thing is buggy and frustrating to use when you know specifically what you want.
Worse..copying content from other sources often doesn't copy well.
Ken Langer commented
I agree with this feature. For me, the current markdown "render on the fly" is not working well.
As a step 1, I would be completely happy with markdown support and no preview until I send the message. If I see something odd, I can always edit the text, fix any formatting, and then resend. If you are worried about existing users fussing, make it a setting like "render text as you type" that someone can turn on/off.
If you want to push it to a Step 2. In the current version, there is a "Format" button below a message entry text box. What would be helpful would be for either the default to be Markdown (with a preview button you can click), or something like you see the with Atom text editor where you get a split screen. As you enter markdown text in the left panel, you see the rendering on the right.
If we just get the step 1, I will be very very happy.
Peter Palotas commented
Agree. The whole idea of markdown is that it can be typed and edited as simple raw text. The formatting should be applied *afterwards*!
Peter Palotas commented
Yes, this should really be a top priority. The current editor is so buggy it's just terrible.
Rhys Lloyd commented
Yeah I would like to be able to preview my markdown before sending, but let me write the markdown without instant formatting.
Matthew Petty commented
Agreed. There are various other requests asking for this. Any way to merge ideas and keep their votes and comments?