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markdown support right from onenote, just like the brand new wordpress addin

OneNote page to markdown would be great

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Gathering feedback  ·  OneNote API Team Admin responded  · 

Hi there,
We would like to get more feedback on which of the two scenarios are more important to you:
1. The ability to create new pages in OneNote from markdown? OR
2. The ability to recall OneNote pages as markdown?

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  • Eric commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    1. Create new content FROM markdown. However #2 is incredibly useful as well, and seems that it would follow from number 1?

  • Craig Sharpe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think the first option, the ability to create new pages in OneNote from markdown. I use the app Drafts a lot, and it fully supports Markdown. I used to use it to capture quick text, then at a later point I could send that note to Evernote, formatted with markdown, and a new properly formatted Evernote note would be created. This is really the scenario I am after, though I would like to replace Evernote with OneNote in my workflow.

  • S commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    First, and also, the ability to live format using markdown syntax. I.e., write out a code using backticks: `public static void main(String[] args)` should resolve to an inline code snippet format (like WYSIWYG)

  • Edwin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    #2! I want to take notes in OneNote, then be able to paste the note, with bullets and indenting into a Markdown-enabled text entry field.

  • Julian Kay commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Both for sure! Today I can (just about) write markdown on OneNote for the desktop, but if I do things like * bulleted lists on the phone it does an auto-format and there's no way to turn it off. Markdown is so useful for note taking, it belongs in OneNote.

  • Tom commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Not exactly sure what the two options really mean.

    What I want to do: Put markdown into OneNote and have it rendered by OneNote, including support for clickable links to other Notes pages as well as external targets.

    I.e. use markdown for editing and storage, but have a rendered view. All that as seemless as possible.

  • bbeal commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I totally want to be able to type in markdown and have one note understand it. Code ```javascript, etc. support is really needed!!!.

  • alex commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    #2 because I want OneNote to be where I save everything but then I need to be able to share it afterwards.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    No preview pane please. Just do it like Typora, Abricotine or Zim: as soon as the Markdown is typed, it gets replaced by your already implemented formatting (eg, typing "**some text**" would get replaced by bold "some text"). That's the most sensible way to implement Markdown without breaking the flow and the common usage in OneNote

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Option 1) for me.

    I think it would make the most practical sense to develop & deliver this option 1st.
    Option 2 would easily follow.

  • Borek Bernard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Integrating Markdown with OneNote will not be an easy feat but boy, it would be useful. I like writing all sorts of texts in OneNote but it is then quite hard to publish them anywhere because the HTML is full of OneNote-specific markup. Markdown export would make the things so much easier. So #2 would have the most added value for me.

    Regarding #1, it sounds nice in theory but I cannot quite imagine how it would be implemented. Would the WYSIWYG editor be replaced with some simple text editor? What to do with all the ribbons and buttons that could not be used in the simplified "Markdown mode"? It would probably only create a confusing user experience.

    So I'd start with #2, it's much easier and would still be greatly useful.

  • Matthew Conto commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The ability to do both so I can both convert my existing notes into OneNote and export my notes in a syntactically minimal way (for blogging).

  • Shashank Shekhar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Ideally both, but I would prefer ability to export notes to markdown.
    This would allow me to continue writing content in OneNote and then share parts of it on my blog as markdown.

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