Front Matter

Front matter (or “metadata”) is information that tells you about the various characteristics of a given file (like its title, author, etc).

Whenever you are creating a new Markdown file–whether for a research note or a longer document–you should include a short snippet of front matter that describes some of its basic characteristics, including its relevant tags. This takes the following form:

title: Why good exit strategies are important for common farmland arrangements
author: Your Name
tags: [farmland, commons, note]

For more than one author, front matter takes this form:

  - Person 1
  - Person 2

Other fields you might include in your front matter are:

  • shorttitle: - a short version of the full title
  • subtitle: - sub-title of an article or other document
  • abstract - a brief description of the content (mainly used for longer docs)