Do you prefer to format your text with symbols like
*this*, or would you rather press CMD+B to add bold text? Do you prefer writing without toolbars, or want toolbars and options and things to tweak?
What makes markdown or rich text better for you?
I prefer rich text. What' the point of having computers more powerful than what the Space Shuttle flew with if we can't even display a few words in bold or italics? It takes as little time, if not less, to type Command-I before and after a word than it does to surround it in italics or whatever markdown requires for italics. As an added bonus, your words will be interpreted exactly the way you meant by al readers, regardless of their knowledge of Markdown. And the text can be stored in markdown so it can be displayed across a variety of platforms correctly. But that's just my opinion. :-)
One of the problems is that rich text is not compatible across platforms a lot of the time. Coping and pasting text from one web app to a local desktop or iOS app doesn't always preserve formatting.
I would love a "paste as markdown" clipboard extension on macOS so if I copy rich text I can paste the markdown equivalent because it annoys me intensely losing the odd bit of emphasis. I don't need massive paragraph layout but I want the bolds, italics and strikethru.
On the subject of typing speed, no it's a lot less disruptive to type a single character at the beginning and end of words than to toggle with command keys.
So my ideal is a bit like Slack and BitBucket's text editor now do - you can type in either Markdown or using command keys. But, I want at least the ability to copy out as Markdown for use elsewhere.
Markdown all the way. It allows you to save time by keeping all fingers on the keyboard and you don’t have to click anything, you don’t have to go back select text to format it, and it prevents variable formatting because everything is rendered the same way. But I get that not all editors do it perfectly, although many modern apps handle markdown syntax well and they can render the source to dynamically reflect the syntax.
I’ve been a devoted (rabid?) user of Markdown for a decade+, and before that, it was Textile. To me, it’s the ultimate in portability. I’ve swapped out loads of writing and note taking apps over the years, each time, knowing that I can move my thousands of Markdown-styled notes and writings over with little to no hassle.
One of the main reasons I’ve relegated Evernote to a glorified scanner + OCR tool is the lack of Markdown support.
Markdown hands down, because it doesn't vary so much — I can use the same controls almost everywhere. None of the rich text editors are consistent in the slightest, sometimes even within themselves.
I'm really used to using _ and * for italics and bolding, and usually surprised when it doesn't work in apps – much easier to type than cmd+b.
that said, I do prefer when markdown gets changed to rich-text as it is typed. wysiwyg does feel better when the interactions are implemented well and it works reliably.
When I'm actually writing, I generally don't want to think about the formatting. Being a designer, if I want it to look nice, I will probably pull the raw text into a design tool to format it.
However, when the presentation of a text element is semantic (eg. lists, headings, emphasis), I like to be able to format it as I write. If I think about it before I type it, I'm likely to use markdown. If I think about it after I type it, I might use keyboard shortcuts. I enjoy writing in tools that support both (Slack, Notion, GitHub).
What it really comes down to for me is I just don't want to have to reach for my mouse.
I have just started using Typora and I find it so easy to use.
5 years ago? Rich text.
Today? Markdown, hand's down.
Of course as my web development career has evolved and I'm writing blog posts for static sites like Jekyll in .md on a daily basis, this only makes sense. But beyond that, I visually love something about Markdown and its syntax. It's just nice to look at! :-)
Markdown for sure. Additionally, a smart editor which turns markdown to rich text is amazing.
1. Easier to type
2. Better cross platform compatibility
Although, lot of consumers prefer rich text toolbar options, so ensure that the rich text editor content is encoded to markdown before it gets saved to db.
I started using markdown a lot since I moved to Quire for my project management.
I am so used to using markup symbols to stylize my text. Heuristically, the pattern is already engraved in my thought process, and it is a shortcut rather than selecting with the trackpad and then clicking or on a menu/hitting command keys.
I guess it boils down to efficiency for me and the mental patterns that I already created.
Markdown, so long as it's well-supported -- as many of its features as possible -- and also a WYSIWYG that makes it look half decent. Ulysses is probably the best at that, Bear is nice but a tad frustrating (why do H2, H3, H4 look so similar?) iA Writer is pretty good. I'm increasingly seeing markdown used in non-geek environments, like newsrooms, so it has the excellent effect of making everyone conversant on a standard way of formatting text, so long as apps implement it and respect the most common syntax elements.
I actually prefer to mix them. I'm not a developer and I'm not that familiar with the shortcuts. However, I prefer to use them for simple formatting options like B, H1, H2, OL, UL, and checklist. Recently, a lot of note tools support the mixed feature with seamless UX.
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