Why is Markdown popular?

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  • pandoc

    Universal markup converter

    Markdown + inline HTML is not that bad. I author my website https://getreuer.info this way, compiled using the excellent Pandoc.

  • commonmark-spec

    CommonMark spec, with reference implementations in C and JavaScript

    It probably started off that way, but there is at the very least https://commonmark.org which is very specific and has test cases to verify implementation accuracy. Maybe there are competing specs, but it's not like HTML never had that problem either. So, there is a spec, and the fact that it's "barely" there (whatever that means) doesn't mean it isn't there. A lot of the other points are just variations of this.

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  • Docusaurus

    Easy to maintain open source documentation websites.

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