As a regular user of stackexchange, I really like the markdown editor we have here. With some additional buttons it is really fun to write articles.

On my Joomla page on the other hand, I usually use the JCE editor which has lots of buttons. However, for including code (I use google codeprettify as well) I still have to switch to html view and input the pre tags manually. Additionally, using the usual markdown wrappings for italics, bold, inline code, etc. is faster than pressing some button, so I would like to use this instead.

Is someone using markdown actively with Joomla and can give some tips? Is it possible to have the same editor as here on SE? Additionally, I'm interested in how I can get code blocks working. I tried the ACE X Markdown Editor (AMD) and this didn't seem to work.

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    Have you tried customising the JCE editor - there is a lot you can do
    – tim.baker
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 9:10
  • @tim.baker No, I haven't tried to customize it. I had hoped that the SE editor and its features is so popular that someone who is more knowledgeable as I am in php has already implemented something working.
    – halirutan
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 15:47
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    I really recommend you go back into JCE and see what's there. It's incredibly powerful and you can easily create your own format style for adding pre and other options, highlight your text and select. Additionally - if you also use NoNumber extensions, you can create custom templates usable through the editor (Content Templater) - and Sourcer lets you add custom code without it getting stripped.
    – Faye
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 16:10
  • @REactionFaye Since you are the second one who is suggesting this and since I have read this advice in several other questions: Is there docu on how I can start? Do download the zip of the JCE, unpack it and adjust the code directly there or is there a Git repository? I can surely ask a new question about this, if this beginner information is not already available anywhere.
    – halirutan
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 16:53
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    joomlacontenteditor.net/support/tutorials - there's quite a bit in here, but it's pretty great. I had the pleasure of receiving a tutorial directly from Brian Teeman, but the basics are there. Install JCE, then use the tutorials to customize the component.
    – Faye
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 16:56

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Have you seen: https://yoonique.net/index.php?option=com_zoo&task=item&item_id=35&category_id=16&Itemid=118

I haven't used it myself, so can't comment on it's usefulness but I have used one or two of their other products and they are great.

He also has this plugin which converts Markdown Extra. https://yoonique.net/index.php?option=com_zoo&task=item&item_id=36&category_id=16&Itemid=118

  • Yes, I have tried it after the ACE X editor. There, code-blocks are working, although I cannot set the programming language as it is possible on SE. I guess I have to look into the code myself for this. In general, this editor comes close to what I had in mind. +1
    – halirutan
    Commented Jun 9, 2014 at 15:45

Try with one of this extensions:


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