Vim Essential Plugin: Markdown to HTML
We're cheating a bit in this episode. Rather than installing an actual plugin, we'll be using a couple tools to allow us to write and convert Markdown to HTML. It's really a simple process, and can save great deals of time.
First, we need to download Markdown and place it within our runtime folder. On the Mac, you can drag the
Markdown.pl file into your
usr/local/bin/ folder. And that's it; you're all set! Next, to trigger the markdown-to-html conversion, we need to provide two parameters: the path to the
Markdown.pl file, and the command itself.
Within Vim, the following should do the trick:
:%! /usr/local/bin/Markdown.pl --html4tags
This instructs the
Markdown.pl file to run on the curent page. But, that's a little too much typing; let's instead save this to our
.vimrc file, and assign it to a shortcut.
".vimrc file "Markdown to HTML nmap <leader>md :%!/usr/local/bin/Markdown.pl --html4tags <cr>
With this line of code, whenever we type - by default -
backslash + md, that command will run, thus converting our markdown to clean HTML.