creating a web page using syntax

Build a Web Page Fast with

I’ve been developing a lot of elearning design in HTML5 recently, and I’ve been rediscovering how much I love working with (formerly known as Zen Coding). It’s a simple syntax that lets you string together shortcuts for HTML elements, and then POOF! expand them into a complete website. It makes coding HTML so fast […]

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Make Your Perfect Markdown Editor with Atom Editor Plugins

Up until now I’ve used dedicated Markdown editors like Haroopad and MacDown as a tool where I can focus on writing, while reserving more sophisticated code editors like Coda and Atom for web design projects. My favorite Markdown editors are all young tools in active development, and none of them has every feature I’d ideally […]


One PowerPoint, Indivisible | Markdown Presentations for Futureproof Flexibility

A response to PowerPoint Remix Rant by Mike Caulfield. Mike laments how the long list of specialized graphical tools in PowerPoint is a recipe for making Open Ed Resources that are next to impossible to reuse, remix, and repurpose to other contexts. Most things work like this, unfortunately, encouraging us to think of our resources […]

Reveal.js Presentations

HTML5 Presentations from Markdown to Reveal.js

  This video shows you how you can quickly convert a Markdown formatted presentation outline into an HTML5 presentation using Reveal.js. I think this method is a great way to familiarize yourself with web technologies while producing attractive and powerful presentations that work great on desktop and mobile devices. You can learn how to write Markdown […]

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Action-Oriented eLearning with the Humble WebQuest

One challenge about creating reusable eLearning content is that designers often fall back into the banking model of education, creating a passive and dependent learning experience for students. This often looks like packaged PowerPoints or blocks of text readings that students are expected to click through and answer multiple-choice comprehension questions about afterwards. The opposite of […]

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“Own the Means of Production”: What Karl Marx Knew about Opportunity in the Digital Economy

Even though the Internet is often credited for bringing about a “New Economy”, in fact many longstanding economic trends continue to play themselves out between the “haves” and the “have nots” when it comes to internet technology and media control. The cloud has made it possible for people to outsource control over our data, our […]

Work Like a Web Writer: Adding Web UI Elements to Improve your Documents

I have been exploring what it would look like to write for the web instead of the desktop, by creating documents in Markdown and HTML rather than Word and Powerpoint. Instead of emailing files to people, I publish them online and then send someone a link. As I do this, I’m finding that I can […]

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