Applying a class to a Markdown link

2023-10-05

All of these tips are written in Markdown and go through our normal code review process. Last week, Aaron pointed out a raw HTML link I had used in a tip, and asked "Can't you specify classes in the Markdown parser we're using?"

I had never even tried, so I dug into the docs, and sure enough - Aaron was right!

We use the excellent CommonMark package to parse Markdown, and it comes with an attributes extension which is what Aaron was thinking of.

Instead of needing to write HTML in my markdown, like this:

<a href="some-url" class="btn btn-primary">Some Text</a>

I could use the following Markdown syntax instead:

[Some Text](some-url){ .btn .btn-primary }

Not a huge difference, and both produce the same output, but it is definitely a little nicer to keep it all in Markdown. Hooray for code review!

Here to help,

Joel

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