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Markdown vs YAML: What are the differences?

Developers describe Markdown as "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. On the other hand, YAML is detailed as "A straightforward machine parsable data serialization format designed for human readability and interaction". A human-readable data-serialization language. It is commonly used for configuration files, but could be used in many applications where data is being stored or transmitted.

Markdown and YAML belong to "Languages" category of the tech stack.

According to the StackShare community, Markdown has a broader approval, being mentioned in 756 company stacks & 718 developers stacks; compared to YAML, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 4 developer stacks.

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Pros of Markdown
Pros of YAML
  • 345
    Easy formatting
  • 245
    Widely adopted
  • 194
    Intuitive
  • 136
    Github integration
  • 40
    Great for note taking
  • 2
    Defacto GitHub lingo
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    Cons of Markdown
    Cons of YAML
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      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
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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 YAML?

      A human-readable data-serialization language. It is commonly used for configuration files, but could be used in many applications where data is being stored or transmitted.

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