This page offers a brief overview of what it's like to use Markdown. The [syntax page] [s] provides complete, detailed documentation for every feature, but Markdown should be very easy to pick up simply by looking at a few examples of it in action. The examples on this page are written in a before/after style, showing example syntax and the HTML output produced by Markdown.

It's also helpful to simply try Markdown out; the [Dingus] [d] is a web application that allows you type your own Markdown-formatted text and translate it to XHTML.