Bit confused, what is the difference between the version of the editor on Github and the one here: http://wmd-editor.com/

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 http://wmd-editor.com 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 (blog.stackoverflow.com)

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 (blog.stackoverflow.com)

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

WMD Editor Reverse Engineered (blog.stackoverflow.com)

Updated WMD Editor (blog.stackoverflow.com)

The code on GitHub (http://github.com/cky/wmd) 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 (http://code.google.com/p/wmd/) 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


  • 3
    That's quite a beautiful story.
    – random
    Oct 30, 2009 at 7:29
  • 1
    And they all lived happily ever after :)
    – Kev
    Oct 30, 2009 at 10:16
  • @Kev not quite so soon, I suppose... Dec 8, 2009 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, 2011 at 13:57
  • @mohamad - I guess you're right. Feel free to update :)
    – Kev
    Jul 7, 2011 at 13:41
  • Wish I could up-vote this more! Mar 21, 2013 at 13:02

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