Inside the web server, a basic MDwiki site looks like this:
I renamed the MDwiki HTML file
START.HTML for this project. There is also one Markdown file that deals with navigation and a JSON file to hold a few configuration settings. Everything else is site content.
While the overall website design is pretty much fixed by MDwiki, the content, styling, and number of pages are not. You can view a selection of different sites generated by MDwiki at the MDwiki site. It is fair to say that MDwiki sites lack the visual appeal that a web designer could achieve—but they are functional, and users should balance their simple appearance against the speed and ease of creating and editing them.
Markdown comes in various flavors that extend a stable core functionality for different specific purposes. MDwiki uses GitHub flavor Markdown, which adds features such as formatted code blocks and syntax highlighting for popular programming languages, making it well-suited for producing program documentation and tutorials.
MDwiki also supports what it calls "gimmicks," which add extra functionality such as embedding YouTube video content and displaying mathematical formulas. These are worth exploring if you need them for specific projects. I find MDwiki an ideal tool for creating technical documentation and educational resources. I have also discovered some tricks and hacks that might not be immediately apparent.
MDwiki works with any modern web browser when deployed in a web server; however, you do not need a web server if you access MDwiki with Mozilla Firefox. Most MDwiki users will opt to deploy completed projects on a web server to avoid excluding potential users, but development and testing can be done with just a text editor and Firefox. Completed MDwiki projects that are loaded into a Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) can be read by any modern browser, which could be useful in educational contexts. (This is probably also true for other VLE software, but you should test that.)
MDwiki's default color scheme is not ideal for all projects, but you can replace it with another theme downloaded from Bootswatch.com. To do this, simply open the MDwiki HTML file in an editor, take out the
extlib/css/bootstrap-3.0.0.min.css code, and insert the downloaded Bootswatch theme. There is also an MDwiki gimmick that lets users choose a Bootswatch theme to replace the default after MDwiki loads in their browser. I often work with users who have visual impairments, and they tend to prefer high-contrast themes, with white text on a dark background.
Here is an example:
This HTML will display an HTML page created by the Twine interactive fiction engine inside a Markdown file.
<iframe height="400" src="https://opensource.com/sugarcube_dungeonmoving_example.html" width="90%"></iframe>
The result in an MDwiki-generated site looks like this:
In short, MDwiki is an excellent small application that achieves its purpose extremely well.