Markdown is

plain text.

(where formatting is indicated but not immediately shown/rendered).

For example, this in Markdown:


# Section

*my text*


Becomes this when rendered:


Section

my text

What you see is not what you get. What you mean is what you get.

This is very powerful because plain text (“Markdown”) can become:

  • PDF
  • Word
  • HTML (which can be interactive)
  • presentation

with a push of a button.