I'm wondering if anybody else has the requirement of having an (offline) editor when posting long questions and answers and would prefer to create the text in a separate (offline) editor to reduce the risk of browser crashes and lost data?

I have found an online/offline editor that uses Markdown language, but is StackEdit.io 100% compatible with the Markdown used on Stack Exchange? Probably not.

I read that the markdown language used on Stack Exchange is based partly on Google's interpretation/definition of Markdown language. However I'm not sure if this is just for the script language part. Question and Answer.

I searched around a bit and found out that at one point the project WMD was the base for the Markdown used on Stack Exchange, but has now been replaced with Pagedown.

Which leads me to my second question: What is the base for Markdown/Pagedown currently used on Stack Exchange?

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    The answer at Where's the WMD editor open source project? was updated in Dec 2015 so I assume that is still correct.
    – Cai
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 10:12
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    I tested StackEdit.io against the native Stack Exchange editor and there are some inconsistencies in how the markdown is formatted. Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 14:58
  • @RobertCartaino so what alternatives do I have? Do I have any? Or do I have to stick with the native stack exchange editor window? Has anybody ported the pagedown source to some other editor?
    – John K. N.
    Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 15:14
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    @hot2use I stopped testing StackEdit.io when it formatted single <CARRIAGE RETURN>s literally (Stack would combine them into one line). I don't use offline editors, but StackEdit.io seems like a pretty solid implementation. Personally, I would use that unless someone suggests something better... and just proofread your posts prior to submission to make sure it appears as you intended. Commented Nov 17, 2016 at 15:26


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