Markdown is a simple, but powerful language for ‘word processing.’ Markdown is not only succinct and efficient but (like \(\LaTeX\)) tries to separate content from style. So, you will have less distractions and can focus on producing the content.

You can convert the content of Markdown (.md) files directly into PDF or HTML formats12. Markdown is also used in the Jupyter notebooks.

Markdown has different ‘flavours’ that have slightly different features. You can read more about it at the Wikipedia page.

Software/Platforms for Markdown

OS Example Software
iOS Werdsmith
OS X MacDown
Windows WriteMonkey
Cross platform Typora
Web based StackEdit
Markdown & LaTeX Editor

  1. Using pandoc offers even more possibilities.↩︎