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I love the new little printer icons on the Careers 2.0 site, and I had occasion today to point someone to it.

Unfortunately, I discovered that the print view uses the raw Markdown text, without processing the formatting. Except that whitespace is being collapsed because it is rendered as HTML text instead. Here is what my personal statement becomes:

Having grown up with computers (I had "Winchester" drive platters under my bed and dismantled magnetic core memories for the parts), I naturally rolled into web development in the 90's as the internet came to the mainstream. I now can boast nearly 2 decades of experience in this field, having helped build [Zope](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zope) and [Plone](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plone_%28software%29), using these tools to build large-scale websites such as Boston.com and intranets for multinationals with thousands of employees. In short, I can make your web tech fly.

Where are my paragraphs? Why are the URLs so ugly? This is what it should look like:

Having grown up with computers (I had "Winchester" drive platters under my bed and dismantled magnetic core memories for the parts), I naturally rolled into web development in the 90's as the internet came to the mainstream.

I now can boast nearly 2 decades of experience in this field, having helped build Zope and Plone, using these tools to build large-scale websites such as Boston.com and intranets for multinationals with thousands of employees. In short, I can make your web tech fly.

Now, I can replace the inline URLs ([Zope](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zope)) with numbered references ([Zope][1] plus [1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zope) instead, but that won't restore the newline in my text. It doesn't look much better, in fact:

Having grown up with computers (I had "Winchester" drive platters under my bed and dismantled magnetic core memories for the parts), I naturally rolled into web development in the 90's as the internet came to the mainstream. I now can boast nearly 2 decades of experience in this field, having helped build [Zope][1] and [Plone][2], using these tools to build large-scale websites such as Boston.com and intranets for multinationals with thousands of employees. In short, I can make your web tech fly. [1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zope [2]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plone_%28software%29

Can we either:

  1. not use raw Markdown, just render it to HTML, adding in textual links Markdown-style as numbered references below that section, or
  2. same as 1., but damn the URLs, let them read blue underlined text on their print-outs, or
  3. use raw Markdown, let us candidates know explicitly, with a preview in our profile editor that you do this, and preserve newlines please. That way we can edit for readability both rendered and for printing.
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This also affects lists, which get collapsed into a single paragraph. –  Rebecca Chernoff Jan 23 '13 at 18:40
    
Agreed, the print view needs to be fixed. Thanks for pointing this out! I'll discuss this with @WillCole and check which option will be best. –  Max Jan 25 '13 at 15:57
    
In the meantime, note that the PDF export has much better formatting. So, as a workaround, you can export to PDF and print from there. –  Max Jan 25 '13 at 15:58
    
@Max: Yup, but without attachments in Careers 2.0 messages, it's easier to point out to interested parties that there is a print option on my profile. As a work-around I shared a link to a PDF copy I generated and put on my server instead. –  Martijn Pieters Jan 25 '13 at 15:59
    
@MartijnPieters That's a very good point. Would it help if there was also a PDF option on the public profile? –  Max Jan 25 '13 at 16:00
    
@Max: Yes, that would help tremendously. Not every company is fully Web 2.0 enabled and people still ask for a PDF CV from time to time. –  Martijn Pieters Jan 25 '13 at 16:02

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The print view now correctly renders markdown. Enjoy your neat-looking profile! :-)

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Fantastic! Now I can happily point out the printer icon to prospective contacts. :-) (You may want to edit the Q to replace the status-planned tag). –  Martijn Pieters Jan 28 '13 at 19:48
    
Done. Status-completed. Thanks! :) –  Max Jan 28 '13 at 19:49

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