Markdown is a “text to HTML conversion tool” developed by Jon Gruber. In 2004 Milan Negovan originally ported Markdown to ASP.NET (c#), however there hasn’t been much movement on the project since then. When recently implementing the library in a new content management system I noticed there was an issue with generating hyperlinks (anchors) targeted to new windows (target=”_blank”). I made some updates to the library so it now works with external links as well as giving it a boost to the .NET 2.0 Framework. Feel free to download the revised library here.
Below is an example of the syntax to capture both internal and external links:
[This would link to the contact page of my site](/contact)
[This opens a new window to Google](http://www.google.com)+