criticmarkup window - what does it do?

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14 Aug, 2018 05:39 PM

I have Multimarkdown Composer version 4.4.4.

What does the CriticMarkup window do? I can toggle it on or off, but the options all stay gray, even if there are CriticMarkup tags in the data.

I'm sure I'm missing something obvious - how do you use CriticMarkup?

Is there something else I need to install?


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Fletcher on 15 Aug, 2018 01:04 AM

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    Do you have CriticMarkup enabled? Check the CM preferences.


  2. 2 Posted by carl on 15 Aug, 2018 01:11 PM

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    Yes, CriticMarkup is enabled. Even with markups in the document, the criticmarkup window remains grayed out. I can put text in the search field, but it doesn't seem to search.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Fletcher on 15 Aug, 2018 01:29 PM

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    Do this, in order:

    1. Use the default "Solarized Dark" theme

    2. Make sure you are using accurate CM syntax -- sample text is below,
    just in case.

    3. Make sure that your CriticMarkup is appropriately highlighted (e.g.
    red for deletions, orange for substitutions, etc.).

    4. If not, the problem is your preferences. Make sure you have
    CriticMarkup enabled, and make sure you are using MultiMarkdown and not
    "strict" Markdown. Markdown doesn't have support for CriticMarkup.

    5. Verify you see your CM in the assistant. If not make sure you are not
    accepting or rejecting all proposed changes in your preferences. If so,
    then there is nothing left to work with, so the CM assistant will be
    empty (it is configured *after* the raw text is processed).

    5. If you are certain the settings are correct, send me the following
    and I'll dig deeper:

    a. A copy of the file you are using (send the file, not a copy/paste of
    the text)

    b. screenshots of your CM and MMD preferences

    6. If you see the highlighting in the editor, and see content in the CM
    assistant, and *still* can't interact with them, send me a screencast
    (e.g. with QuickTime Player) showing me what happens when you select and
    deselect various items. That might give me a clue.



    Sample, verified CM:

    Cum sociis natoque {--penatibus et magnis--}{>>FTP - 2013-05-13
    08:20:18<<} dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Praesent et
    tellus in eros {++cunning ++}{>>FTP - 2013-05-13 08:20:22<<}eleifend
    imperdiet non at magna. Nunc aliquam accumsan auctor. In vitae mi
    sapien. Ut eget pretium purus. {~~Proin~>Prawn~~}{>>FTP - 2013-05-13
    08:20:29<<} condimentum hendrerit risus quis tristique. Cras fermentum,
    diam id sodales feugiat, arcu risus imperdiet nisi, sit amet consequat
    diam lectus id mi. Cras varius convallis turpis, in iaculis mi cursus
    vitae. Nulla dignissim aliquet nulla, eu pulvinar nunc fringilla ut.
    Nullam {==condimentum tortor==}{>>Huh?<<} eu quam tempor tempus. Quisque
    sit amet magna nec nisl mollis varius a nec ligula. Sed adipiscing, est
    in gravida sagittis, elit sapien vestibulum quam, a tristique arcu eros
    nec enim. Morbi euismod velit eget ligula faucibus quis feugiat massa
    fermentum. In velit tellus, pretium ac posuere ac, ultrices eget magna.

  4. 4 Posted by carl on 15 Aug, 2018 03:10 PM

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    Fletcher, this was largely due to my not understanding the software. I apologize for taking your time.

    I’m not sure what “the assistant” is. Is that the window on the left turned on/off with the toggle CriticMarkup window menu option?

    Here’s what I’ve learned.

    CriticMarkup comments don’t show up in the CriticMarkup window, and I believe that’s the way it’s supposed to work. The CM window shows changes, not comments, and changes don’t appear until I turn on tracking. 

    Your sample text answered the questions for me. I think everything is working as it should.

    I think the transclude option is going to be awesome, but I haven’t explored it yet.

    Is there a single PDF manual or user guide? That would help, I think.

    Thanks again,


  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Fletcher on 17 Aug, 2018 02:21 AM

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    The "assistants" are simply the sidebar tools that add functionality (TOC, CM, References) -- they can be toggled on/off in the "Window" menu.

    The best source of information is the support site:


  6. 6 Posted by carl on 17 Aug, 2018 06:38 PM

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    Fletcher, your responsiveness is impressive! Thank you for your time. Count me as a satisfied writer off and running with Multimarkdown Composer.

    I’ll recommend your products to all who will listen, and I’m preparing a blog post about plain text. It’s not widely read, but my writer friends will see it.

    The more I learn about Composer, the more I like it. I would like to see more documentation, but that’s becoming less of a need. It’s a pretty easy to understand product.

    Many thanks!

    No reply necessary, I’ve taken enough of your time.

    Regards from Texas,


  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Fletcher on 18 Aug, 2018 09:40 PM

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    One other thought, in case I misunderstood.

    If you're looking for additional documentation on MultiMarkdown itself, not just MMD Composer, you can also look here:

    (It's still in progress for v6. Most of the stuff from v5 that has not been updated yet is still accurate --

    Hope that helps,


  8. Fletcher closed this discussion on 18 Aug, 2018 09:40 PM.

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