I love HTML. That may sound either really dumb or really geeky. My time in college made me particularly disgusted with Microsoft Word and other WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) editors. The concept is great, but beyond a 3-5 page paper the results can be maddening. Those of us who are a little OCD spend more time trying to make sure all our formatting looks good as we go along and less time thinking of what it is we need to write next. Not to mention the formatting and layout quirks that accumulate if your paper is of any length.
HTML on the other hand is consistent. There is a set way of entering content and it presents near universal consistency. All the emphasis is on content and layout, with any styling taken care of separately if desired. But…It is a little difficult to write with. Lets face it, placing HTML brackets around elements and lists and paragraphs is cumbersome and time-consuming–and not exactly beautiful. Markdown is a solution to this dilemma.