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DSD: Getting Started with Markdown
Course Description:

Markdown is a lightweight markup language that allows the creation of formatted documents using only plain text. It is designed so that it can be converted to many formats using conversion tools such as Pandoc. Markdown is often used to format readme files, for blogging, and to create rich text reports for reproducible research that combine analytical code and narrative.

In this course we will learn how to create and render basic documents using both plain text editors (such as Notepad++) and Pandoc, and the integrated programming environment RStudio.

The course consists of one two hour hands on, on-line session.

This course does not cover programming or data analysis.


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Please ensure you complete any necessary pre-learning (found in our Moodle course) beforehand.

Once you have enrolled, you will need to click on the play button under 'My current enrolments' in My Learning to join at the time of the live session. You will also receive an email containing the direct joining link at least a day before the session.

We would encourage those who are new to Microsoft Teams to join within the first 15 minutes of the advertised start time in order to test out their connection/audio. The actual session will start on the hour.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
  • explain the advantages of using plaint text for document creation
  • author basic documents using Notepad++ and RStudio use simple formatting including:
    • bold
    • italic
    • headings
  • typeset simple mathematical expressions
  • insert links and images
  • insert citations and reference lists using markdown and BibTeX
  • Render a document to HTML, PDF or Microsoft Word formats
Intended Audience:
This course is aimed at those who wish to learn how to use the Markdown markup language.
Target Audience: All
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