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.

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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).

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