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Markdown vs Semantic UI: What are the differences?

Markdown: Text-to-HTML conversion tool/syntax for web writers, by John Gruber. Markdown is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML; Semantic UI: A UI Component library implemented using a set of specifications designed around natural language. Semantic empowers designers and developers by creating a shared vocabulary for UI.

Markdown and Semantic UI are primarily classified as "Languages" and "Front-End Frameworks" tools respectively.

"Easy formatting", "Widely adopted" and "Intuitive" are the key factors why developers consider Markdown; whereas "Easy to use and looks elegant", "Variety of components" and "Themes" are the primary reasons why Semantic UI is favored.

Semantic UI is an open source tool with 45.7K GitHub stars and 4.83K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Semantic UI's open source repository on GitHub.

Asana, OpenTable, and Code School are some of the popular companies that use Markdown, whereas Semantic UI is used by Snapchat, Create.It, and Reviewable. Markdown has a broader approval, being mentioned in 749 company stacks & 702 developers stacks; compared to Semantic UI, which is listed in 77 company stacks and 50 developer stacks.

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Pros of Markdown
Pros of Semantic UI
  • 344
    Easy formatting
  • 245
    Widely adopted
  • 194
    Intuitive
  • 136
    Github integration
  • 40
    Great for note taking
  • 2
    Defacto GitHub lingo
  • 157
    Easy to use and looks elegant
  • 92
    Variety of components
  • 64
    Themes
  • 61
    Has out-of-the-box widgets i would actually use
  • 57
    Semantic, duh
  • 44
    Its the future
  • 42
    Open source
  • 37
    Very active development
  • 31
    Far less complicated structure
  • 28
    Gulp
  • 9
    Already has more features than bootstrap
  • 8
    Just compare it to Bootstrap and you'll be hooked
  • 7
    UI components
  • 7
    Clean and consistent markup model
  • 6
    Responsiveness
  • 4
    Elegant. clean. readable. maintainable
  • 4
    Because it is semantic :-D
  • 4
    Good-Looking
  • 2
    Great docs
  • 2
    Consistent
  • 2
    Is big and look really great, nothing like this
  • 2
    Modular and scalable
  • 1
    Jquery
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Blends with reactjs

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Cons of Markdown
Cons of Semantic UI
  • 1
    Inconsistend flavours eg github, reddit, mmd etc
  • 1
    Limited syntax
  • 1
    Not suitable for longer documents
  • 1
    Non-extensible
  • 1
    No right indentation
  • 1
    No underline
  • 1
    Cannot centralise (HTML code needed)
  • 1
    Unable to indent tables
  • 5
    Outdated build tool (gulp 3))
  • 3
    Poor accessibility support
  • 3
    HTML is not semantic (see list component)
  • 2
    Javascript is tied to jquery

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What is Markdown?

Markdown is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML.

What is Semantic UI?

Semantic empowers designers and developers by creating a shared vocabulary for UI.

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