What is markdown?
Markdown is a text to HTML conversion tool for anyone wanting to document on the web. It allowes you to write plain text format that then is converted it to valid HTML.
It was created in 2004 by Jhon Gruber with collaboration with others including Aaron Swartz. Its syntax is influnec by previous text-to-HTML filters including Setext, atx, Textile, reStructuredText, Grutatext, and EtText.
The main difference is that markdown’s syntax is comprised entirely of punctuation characters as to look like what they mean.
Markdown is a lightweight super eazy1 to use markup language that is widely used today.