Org mode or Markdown?

Why I choose orgmode over Markdown.

I started out with markdown, but switched to org-mode after a few years of using markdown.

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I think that Markdown is more readable than org-mode - especially if you don't use Emacs. You have the special headings with underline while org-mode uses a line starting with #+title: as title and *, **, … for chapter/section/… headings. Also markdown links are [text](link) instead of [[link][text]] and footnotes are [^footnote] instead of [fn:footnote].

On the other hand, org-mode can do about everything you might want to do with a plain-text list - from planning your work and scheduling your writing time to including code-fragments which actually can get executed on export, so an exported document always contains the output of the latest version of the code automatically.

I switched to org-mode after starting to use it just for todo lists. Then I realized that I could also write nicely in it. And that the link syntax might be more complex than markdown, but C-c C-l generates it for me. And that exporting just works.

If you use emacs, I would definitely suggest org-mode.

I even write for my markdown-based website with org-mode, using the markdown-export, which for example adds support for convenient creation and editing of beautiful tables.

There is something going for tools which are tailored to one requirement — they can be a somewhat better fit for that requirement than any tool which also has to support something else — but org mode is such a huge win in everything else, and that with so little additional overhead and without any esoteric-feeling syntax, that I have strong preference for org-mode nowadays.

If you give org-mode a try, also have a look at How to do X with Emacs Org-Mode.

Originally written on Stackoverflow.

ArneBab 2021-10-18 Mo 00:00 - Impressum - GPLv3 or later (code), cc by-sa (rest)