I found this today by chance: I visited the help file on split-string with C-h f split-strings:

split-string is a compiled Lisp function in ‘subr.el’.

(split-string STRING &optional SEPARATORS OMIT-NULLS TRIM)

except that subr.el is underlined like a hyperlink and doing RET with point on it opens the source code.

I copied it this section to a Markdown file and the text was still underlined. I did RET with point on it and it also opened the source code!

I have these modes active in the document: [(Markdown ElDoc Wrap Fill)]. If I type the same characters as in ‘subr.el’ (copy-pasting the quotes, which I don't have in my keyboard), it is not highlighted and RET does not follow the link.

Including hyperlinks like this one in Markdown is the one thing where I see org mode as superior to markdown mode.

Is it possible to add my own links to other files in markdown mode?

Update: The ability to follow the link with RET is lost when killing and yanking the text that contains ‘subr.el’., or closing and opening the buffer for the file, so I believe this is some special ability in Emacs that comes from copying text from a documentation file and not a feature of Markdown mode.

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markdown-follow-thing-at-point (C-c C-o) and also markdown-follow-link-at-point will follow links. If you have a link like [filelink](/path/to/file.md) then calling one of the above functions while cursor is on the markdown link will take you to the file.

  • Yes, both work. I checked that the ability to follow the link is lost in some cases and I updated the question. Do you know what's the feature that makes Emacs follow the link copied from the documentation with RET?
    – emonigma
    Oct 3, 2019 at 9:51
  • It's much easier to link to info files via org mode -- see this SE discussion. I'm not sure how to do it in straightforward fashion with markdown.
    – mclear
    Oct 3, 2019 at 16:17
  • I agree with you and I use Org mode a lot, but for just text I prefer markdown.
    – emonigma
    Oct 6, 2019 at 15:41
  • markdown-do also works! Bound to , RET in spacemacs.
    – mcp
    Jul 22, 2022 at 18:30

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