The Markdown Mindset

Today’s theme is future-proofing. In that frame of mind, Hilton Lipschitz:

Markdown is text, just plain text. Its the one format that has not changed over all the years. Oh sure, we’ve gone from a 7-bit ascii code to UTF-8, but all text editors happily handle the old text formats. And when they stop, a small C program will fix it.

Writing in a proprietary format, no matter how popular it is right now, is still proprietary. Any program can open a plain text document, but only some can open a Word file. I’m not opposed to proprietary formats as a rule, by the way, but interoperable formats are more desirable when appropriate.