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Create markdown formatted text

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Markdown_strings package

Markdown is a markup language with plain text formatting syntax. This package allows the creation of markdown-compliant strings. The following is a summary of features with usage examples.

Note: asterisk and underscores are escaped for all functions that do not format to code (inline_code and code_block).


To install from pypi run

pip install markdown_strings

Standard markdown features


Return a header of specified level.

Keyword arguments:

  • style -- Specifies the header style (default atx). The "atx" style uses hash signs, and has 6 levels. The "setext" style uses dashes or equals signs for headers of levels 1 and 2 respectively, and is limited to those two levels. The number of dashes or equals signs is either the length of the text, or 3.

Specifying a level outside of the style's range results in a ValueError.

>>> header("Main Title", 1)
'# Main Title'
>>> header("Smaller subtitle", 4)
'#### Smaller subtitle'
>>> header("Setext style", 2, "setext")
'Setext style\n---'


Return italics formatted text.

>>> italics("This text is italics")
'_This text is italics_'


Return bold formatted text.

>>> bold("This text is bold")
'**This text is bold**'

Inline code

Return formatted inline code.

>>> inline_code("This text is code")
'`This text is code`'

Code block

Return a code block.

If a language is specified a fenced code block is produced, otherwise the block is indented by four spaces.

Keyword arguments:

  • language -- Specifies the language to fence the code in (default blank).
    >>> code_block("This is a simple codeblock.")
    '    This is a simple codeblock.'
    >>> code_block("This is a simple codeblock.\\nBut it has a linebreak!")
    '    This is a simple codeblock.\\n    But it has a linebreak!'
    >>> code_block("This block of code has a specified language.", "python")
    '```python\\nThis block of code has a specified language.\\n```'
    >>> code_block("So\\nmany\\nlinebreaks.", "python")


Return an inline link.

>>> link ("This is a link", "")
'[This is a link]('


Return an inline image.

Keyword arguments:

  • title -- Specify the title of the image, as seen when hovering over it.
>>> image("This is an image", "")
'![This is an image]('
>>> image("This is an image", "", "awes")
'![This is an image]( "awes"'

Unordered list

Return an unordered list from an list.

>>> unordered_list(["first", "second", "third", "fourth"])
'-   first\\n-   second\\n-   third\\n-   fourth'
>>> unordered_list([1, 2, 3, 4, 5])
'-   1\\n-   2\\n-   3\\n-   4\\n-   5'

Ordered list

Return an ordered list from an list.

>>> ordered_list(["first", "second", "third", "fourth"])
'1.  first\\n2.  second\\n3.  third\\n4.  fourth'


Return a blockquote.

>>> blockquote("A simple blockquote")
'> A simple blockquote'

Horizontal rule

Return a horizontal rule.

Keyword arguments:

  • length -- Specifies the length of the rule (default 79, minimum 3).
  • style -- Character used for the rule (may be either "_" or "*").

If the length is too low, or the style is invalid, a ValueError is raised.

>>> horizontal_rule()
>>> horizontal_rule(length=5, style="*")

Non-standard markdown


Return text with strike-through formatting.

>>> strikethrough("This is a lie")
'~This is a lie~'

Task list

Return a task list.

The task_list should be a 2-dimensional iterable; the first item should be the task text and the second the boolean completion state.

>>> task_list([["Be born", True], ["Be dead", False]])
'- [X] Be born\\n- [ ] Be dead'

Table row

Return a single table row.

Keyword arguments:

  • pad -- The pad should be an list of the same size as the input text list. It will be used to format the row's padding.
>>> table_row(["First column", "Second", "Third"])
'| First column | Second | Third |'
>>> table_row(["First column", "Second", "Third"], [10, 10, 10])
'| First column | Second     | Third      |'

Delimiter row

Return a delimiter row for use in a table.

Keyword arguments:

  • column_lengths -- An iterable that specifies the length of each column.
>>> table_delimiter_row(3)
'| --- | --- | --- |'
>>> table_delimiter_row(3, column_lengths=[4,5,6])
'| ---- | ----- | ------ |'


Return a formatted table, generated from lists representing columns.

The function requires a 2-dimensional list, where each list is a column of the table. This will be used to generate a formatted table in string format.

>>> table([["1","2","3"], ["4","5","6"], ["7","8","9"]])
'| 1 | 4 | 7 |\\n| --- | --- | --- |\\n| 2 | 5 | 8 |\\n| 3 | 6 | 9 |'

>>> table([["Name", "Awes", "Bob"], ["User", "mub123", ""]])
'| Name | User   |\\n| ---- | ------ |\\n| Awes | mub123 |\\n| Bob  |        |'

This table, when parsed, will look like this:

Name User
Awes mub123

Table from rows

Return a formatted table, using each list as the list. The specifics are the same as those for the table function.

>>> table_from_rows([["1","2","3"],["4","5","6"],["7","8","9"]])
'| 1 | 2 | 3 |\\n| --- | --- | --- |\\n| 4 | 5 | 6 |\\n| 7 | 8 | 9 |'

Helper functions

Return text with formatting escaped

Markdown requires a backslash before literal underscores or asterisk, to avoid formatting to bold or italics.

>>> esc_format("Normal text")
'Normal text'
>>> esc_format("Text with **bold**")
'Text with \*\*bold\*\*'
>>> esc_format("Text with _italics_")
'Text with \_italics\_'
>>> esc_format("Text with _**complicated** formatting_")
'Text with \_\*\*complicated\*\* formatting\_'

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