Note formatting

– Getting Started

Front Matter

At the top of each new note, you must include the triple dashes that make up Jekyll Front Matter.


If you forget to add this to a note, it’s no big deal! Maxime wrote a plugin called empty_front_matter_note_injector.rb which adds these dashes before building the site.

Note Title

The title of the .md file will automatically become the note title heading, rendered as an <h1>. Keeping this in mind, start your note content from <h2> or ##.

Title Override

Use variable title: in the front matter to create a note title that is different from the filename.

title: A note about cats

In the example above, the filename is but the longer title shows up in the note’s heading and <title>. See it live at cats.


To add a category, add the following to your note front matter:

category: Cats

The archive page automatically displays all notes and their categories (if any). Categories display underneath note title, if they are not null. Eventually I want to make these clickable. Inspired by Low Tech Mag’s Archive Page.


To override the site favicon on a page level basis, use this variable:

favicon: 🐈

Type an emoji directly in your .md file and it will replace your favicon for that page only!

By default, all links created with <a> will show up as external links, open in new window, and display a small arrow.

For internal links, add class="internal-link" to the HTML.

Unfortunately, {: .internal-link} stopped working when I switched to Commonmark.

Github Flavored Markdown

This site uses Commonmark Github Flavored Markdown, which replaces the default Kramdown functionality. Read the Github Markdown Documentation.

Most importantly, you can create tables that are compatible with Obsidian and Github:

foo bar
baz cats

The table above was created with this markup:

| foo | bar |
| --- | --- |
| baz | [[cats]] |

More info in the GFM Documentation

Other options you can add to Commonmark in _config.yml:


Note that an inline code block created with `` has text wrapping, while preformatted blocks created with ``` do not.

Description of each option here

Typographic Symbols

“Smart” quotes are automatically generated with Commonmark, but the typographic options are documented in Kramdown, the built in Jekyll Markdown parser.


If you create footnotes, you’ll need to add a heading for Footnotes at the bottom of your note manually (for now)