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@gpittman @adders I contacted Ulysses customer service with exactly this request.

Their answer: No, we will not just give you the Markdown. Markdown is subtle and tricky and we don't trust that you will know how to type it properly. One false character and it could all go horribly wrong — and then you would come crying to us, like your ham-handed blunder is our fault, and we would tell you that you have no one to blame but yourself, and you would storm off to your room, crying “You're not the boss of me! I hate you I hate you!” And we don’t want that, so please just let us handle the fiddly bits and you get on with your cute little writing project. Also, Ulysses is not a Markdown editor.

I am, of course, paraphrasing. But only a little.

Bottom line: users have no control over how Markdown links are formatted. (And if you edit an external .md document that contains links, Ulysses will helpfully reformat them for you.)

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