I was just reminded that markdown+pandoc is a kickass, open source combo that not everyone might be aware of.

Markdown is a super simple rich text markup language that I use every day for notes, recipes, instant messaging, and longer texts like essays and blog posts. It's even supported on most Mastodon instances.

Pandoc is an "under the hood" tool that allows you to convert any document to pretty much any other format worth using. It supports bibliographies and citations in markdown files.

markdown criticism 

@uncomics the fatal flaw of markdown is that its so much less powerful than BBcode let alone HTML. Even those recipes will get into trouble when it can't handle superscript and subscript (or tables!) Pandoc has trouble eating markdown with HTML tags in it.

markdown criticism 

@bookandswordblog I'm sorry, "BBcode"? Now there's something I haven't heard about in 10+ years, and I struggle to see how it's as useful or versatile as markdown.

I personally haven't had use for super- or subscript, but there is basic tables support in Github-flavoured markdown (using pipes).

@uncomics Use this combo all the time for my emails in neomutt. Also there's a new player in town: orgdown (gitlab.com/publicvoit/orgdown)

@wwwgem I never got into orgmode myself, so orgdown might be a hard sell? But I know a lot of people live by orgmode, and I'll orgdown a look.

I have found that Zettlr helps my workflow (it includes Pandoc), as I'm no longer constantly going back and forth to the terminal just to view a few changes.

And Zettlr is much more student friendly, which I found was a definite boon when introducing long-form academic writing.


@zeerph Yeah, I've had Zettlr installed for a few months now. I like the outliner-ish document/folder structure, and the general direction of the project. Nevertheless, I keep opening my old, simpler MD editor for writing notes, to-do's etc...

Good to meet a fellow Zettlr user and markdown enjoyer!

Though, I am curious as to why you keep going back to the older markdown editor for smaller tasks.

@zeerph 1. Habit, and 2. I like the utility of a markdown editor; Zettlr is both specialised and opinionated in regards to use cases.

It's great for longer, structured texts in dedicated project folders, but not for jotting down quick general notes that I want to save wherever. Unless of course I'd want to dig into Zettelkasten, which is not inviting.

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