Add native Markdown support
Markdown is known as best idea for project text files. For example most README files novadays are written in markdown.
Also default README.md could be possible added to project templates.
To get more details visit Markdown specs page http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/.
Thanks for a great suggestion!
A Visual Studio extension for Markdown is now available for free and can be downloaded here https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/eaab33c3-437b-4918-8354-872dfe5d1bfe
This may be built in to Visual Studio in a future release.
Visual Studio Web Team
Drew Noakes commented
Mads, your extension works very well. Thank you. Seems like it should be installed by default.
Mateusz Loskot commented
How come Visual Studio Code, a much younger project, has got the Markdown support and preview included (https://code.visualstudio.com/Docs/languages/markdown), but its older brother does not?
Andy Lewis commented
Content groups across Microsoft are moving to Markdown. VS has great Git support and lots of other tools that can provide writers with some of the same productivity benefits that engineers enjoy. We empower customers with both code and content. Content is just another kind of code, parsed by humans (and also machines to help build the content).
Anthony Hunter commented
I agree with Peter, it would be nice to have Visual Studio default to displaying the markdown file. To edit the file, there could be an edit button. Similar to what they have done in the VSO/TFS2015 Welcome page.
Having this would allow projects to create very useful readme docs for their team and code.
I would like to see a feature like this that lets us view the readme when either selecting the project node in visual studio or the tfs browser.
I don't think the web essentials markdown editor is good enough as it splits the screen. Would be better to have an edit mode switch.
Mads Kristensen commented
Drew Noakes commented
Support for .md files is a great idea.
Ian William James Halliday commented
Mike, Noah Richards wrote a VS Gallery extension for markdown support already: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/0855e23e-4c4c-4c82-8b39-24ab5c5a7f79
He provided it as open source as well, so if it doesn't exactly meet your needs you could help improve it.
I do not know if it works in the VS 11 Beta.
Please please please do not do this.