Markdown Shakedown Counterpoint

When I was writing ‘Markdown Shakedown‘ I kept thinking, "Will the added complexity of MultiMarkdown discourage a lot of people?"

From my vantage:

  • MultiMarkdown is for people who write for both the web and for print.
  • Markdown is for folks who write primarily for the Internet.

If your goals are to blog and to avoid learning HTML, choose Markdown; it’s easy and there’s a terrific all-in-one Mac OS X program that’s very likely to meet your needs.

>> Mou (pronounced ‘more’)

If, on the other hand, you want to cover almost all your text composition bases, choose MultiMarkdown. Program recommendations:

  1. Nerds will like Sublime Text plus Marked or MMD Composer plus Marked
  2. Users who enjoy Mac elegance and focused writing will be attracted to Byword plus Marked.
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Andy Lima

From :

“MMD [MultiMarkdown] is a superset of the Markdown syntax, originally created by John Gruber. It adds multiple syntax features (tables, footnotes, and citations, to name a few) […]”

So also useful for web authors who want to insert tables, images with dimensions specified (highly recommended for speed), and other things.

Andy Lima

Basically, I’m rooting for MultiMarkdown as the main format for cross-platform word processing.

In fact, I’ve already convinced a few non-techies to use MultiMarkdown — and I think they are quite happy with it, too. 🙂

What we need now are implementations of the MultiMarkdown 3 format in other languages like PHP, Python, Ruby, etc.

Andy Lima

Frank, I couldn’t have said it better myself. 😉