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MarkUp vs Markdown: What are the differences?

Introduction

Markdown and Markup languages are both used for formatting text on websites. However, there are key differences between the two.

  1. Syntax Complexity: Markdown has a simpler syntax compared to Markup languages. It uses plain text and specific characters to format text, making it easier to learn and use. Markup languages, on the other hand, have more complex syntax with opening and closing tags, requiring more coding knowledge and experience.

  2. Platform Independence: Markdown is platform-independent, meaning it can be used and interpreted on different platforms without any issues. Markup languages, such as HTML, may have compatibility issues across different platforms and devices, requiring additional adjustments and adaptations.

  3. Presentation: Markdown focuses primarily on the content and structure of the text rather than its visual presentation. It provides a simplified way to format text with headings, lists, and emphasis, without extensive design elements. Markup languages like HTML allow for more intricate formatting, including styling, layouts, and multimedia integration.

  4. Ease of Writing: Markdown is designed to be written and edited quickly with minimal effort. Its plain text format enables easy readability and editing. Markup languages, due to their complex syntax and tags, require more time and effort to write and modify the content.

  5. Code Generation: Markup languages are primarily used for code generation to create structure and design for websites. They provide a wide range of tags and elements to define how the content should be displayed on the browser. Markdown, on the other hand, is intended for content creation and does not have the same level of flexibility and control over design elements.

  6. Learning Curve: Markdown has a shallow learning curve, making it accessible to beginners who want to format text quickly and efficiently. Markup languages, due to their complexity and extensive range of features, require more time and effort for beginners to master.

In summary, Markdown is a simpler and more beginner-friendly language primarily focused on content formatting, while Markup languages offer greater control over design elements and can generate complex web pages.

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Pros of Markdown
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    Easy formatting
  • 246
    Widely adopted
  • 194
    Intuitive
  • 132
    Github integration
  • 41
    Great for note taking
  • 2
    Defacto GitHub lingo
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    Cons of Markdown
    Cons of MarkUp
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      Cannot centralise (HTML code needed)
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      Inconsistend flavours eg github, reddit, mmd etc
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      Limited syntax
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      Not suitable for longer documents
    • 1
      Non-extensible
    • 1
      No right indentation
    • 1
      No underline
    • 1
      Unable to indent tables
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      What is Markdown?

      Markdown is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML.

      What is MarkUp?

      It allows you to turn your website into a dynamic canvas ready for feedback and collaboration. Streamline your feedback with a quicker, easier, and clearer process.

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        What are some alternatives to Markdown and MarkUp?
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        Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.
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        GitHub is the best place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over three million people use GitHub to build amazing things together.
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        Python is a general purpose programming language created by Guido Van Rossum. Python is most praised for its elegant syntax and readable code, if you are just beginning your programming career python suits you best.
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        jQuery is a cross-platform JavaScript library designed to simplify the client-side scripting of HTML.
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