I had to take the challenge to create a Markdown symbol.
So my approach was this: A down pointing arrow has nothing to do with the concept of markdown except the name. Because a down arrow is strongly associated with download, I chose another approach.
Took one of the characters mostly used within markdown the header hash sign. Created the arrow and pointed it to the right, as markdown characters is placed to the left of the intended text to format. The result is as simple as markdown itself.
And I'm not even sure why markdown needs a symbol, but here is my contribution to the whole discussion.
almost 2 years ago
If you use the arrow then it must be pointed down.
Because, In the name includes the word "down".
Otherwise, arrow has no meaning.
I think so.
I think it works pretty well. I'm pretty sure, the "down" in Markdown comes from "down" as in "write it down". Writing (at least in Westen languages) goes from left to right, so I think the symbol seems to be a good match.
Have you talked to John Gruber about this? Would be interesting to know what he thinks about this.
Having a known symbol for the syntax helps a lot when have to create a text editor or something like that were you can chose from different markup options.
Your logic is very interesting.
But sorry, my logic is different.
It is just simple talk.
Many people will not think the roots of naming.
And, "Down" means also "more small data size".
So, down arrow is better than right it.
@Florian Pichler Feel free to pass this for review to Gruber. Would want nothing more than to hear his opinion about this symbol.
@dai inami I see your point in the visualizing of the word down. It's important if it were to be a logo for a company or something similar. Still think down arrow is overused.
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