June 25, 2024

Scott Gilbertson on Markdown

Scott Gilbertson, on WIRED:

The people saw that in this form the Word was more flexible. It was good. The internet rejoiced and put Markdown in all the things.

This is where the real problems began.

Great article. Reads like a short version of the (even shorter) book by Neal Stephenson, In The Beginning Was The Command Line.

Before Markdown I used Textile. I’m not sure if something else wouldn’t have taken over, but I think it’s fair to say everything I’ve written since after college has been in MD. I’ve made bookmarklets for it, looked for support in all my apps, and overall just use it — even if not supported. I absolutely endorse his closing sentence:

And this, in the end, is the Way.


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