Thanks to a contribution from Nicolas, MultiMarkdown has an additional syntax to indicate a line break. The usual approach for Markdown is “space-space-newline” — two spaces at the end of the line. For some users, this causes problems:
Nicolas submitted a patch that enables a new option that interprets “\” before a newline as a marker that a line break should be used:
This is a line.\ This is a new line.
To enable this feature, use the following option:
multimarkdown --escaped-line-breaks file.txt
If this option is not enabled, then the default behavior will be to treat the newline as an escaped character, which results in it simply appearing as a newline character in the output. This means that the default behavior is the same as if the “\” is not in the source file.