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Bit confused, what is the difference between the version of the editor on Github and the one here:

Is it the same thing?

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The WMD editor story goes something like this:

Jeff and team started with the original WMD code at and it was written by a chap called John Fraser. There's an early blog article about choosing WMD as the code/text editor here:

Potential Markup and Editing Choices (

For reasons only known to himself, John became uncontactable so Jeff & Co decided to reverse engineer the code because the only release available was obfuscated/minified and a number of fixes/enhancements were required:

Reverse Engineering the WMD Editor (

The fruits of their labours culminated in a version that is now hosted on GitHub:

WMD Editor Reverse Engineered (

Updated WMD Editor (

The code on GitHub ( was the code being used by the Stack Overflow family of sites. From there it moved to Google Code:

The original WMD code on Google Code ( seems to be pretty much dead-ended for now.

After a complete refactor, since August 2011 it's now released under a new name and is available on

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That's quite a beautiful story. – random Oct 30 '09 at 7:29
And they all lived happily ever after :) – Kev Oct 30 '09 at 10:16
@Kev not quite so soon, I suppose... – Maxim Zaslavsky Dec 8 '09 at 0:40
@Kev, I think this answer needs updating no? It seems that the google code repository is the active version of the editor now, no? – Mohamad Jul 6 '11 at 13:57
@mohamad - I guess you're right. Feel free to update :) – Kev Jul 7 '11 at 13:41
Wish I could up-vote this more! – Stian Høiland Mar 21 '13 at 13:02

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