I like to use the markdown-mode for READMEs.

And I would like to use the markdown-mode as a minor-mode for comments in other major-modes like sh-mode. Is this possible somehow?

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    You seem to be confused about major and minor modes. markdown-mode is a major mode of which only one is active at a time. Minor modes serve a completely different purpose, enhancing a major mode in a possibly unrelated way. What you're looking for is a multi-mode combining major modes...
    – wasamasa
    Commented Jul 6, 2018 at 17:13
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    @wasamasa One could also interpret the question as: Is there a minor mode that acts like markdown-mode in comments (maybe restricted to buffers having major-modes derived from prog-mode). In that case I would say it is an interesting question.
    – Tobias
    Commented Jul 7, 2018 at 4:08
  • @Tobias That I am looking for.
    – ceving
    Commented Jul 9, 2018 at 8:12

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A markdown-minor-mode would be nice, yes. I currently have some ad-hoc code to highlight comments assuming markdown syntax for my typer-mode. It only supports a limited subset of markdown and only performs highlighting, but it shouldn't be difficult to extract it into its own markdown-minor-mode (probably easier than to try and adapt the code from markdown-mode major mode).

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