Following on from our post Cutting and pasting content into Word documents – Is there a better way?, we’ve been looking at how organisations could use Markdown to create reports and proposals more quickly and consistently.
The objective was to:
- Create something simple for non-technical people to use.
- Have a collection of re-usable chunks of content that could be embedded into the document (no more cutting and pasting). If a chunk needed to be changed, then the documents where it is embedded would reflect that change automatically.
- Be able to generate the completed report as a .docx (Microsoft Word) file.
- Separate the content from the “look and feel”.
- Enable different people to work on different sections of the document simultaneously.
- Store the content in an open format, so there was potential to use some of the content in other places (such as on a website).