When comparing Markdown vs Hyper-Text Markup Language (HTML), the Slant community recommends Markdown for most people. In the question“What are the best markup languages?” Markdown is ranked 1st while Hyper-Text Markup Language (HTML) is ranked 3rd.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Widely used
Designed to be easy for a human to enter with a simple text editor, and easy to read in its raw form.
You can convert HTML to Markdown or Markdown to HTML. You can use tools like pandoc to convert to other formats as well.
Pro Most universal and widely used markup language
Pro Styling via CSS
Styling through CSS is declarative and powerful, but somewhat inadequate for print without expensive tools like Prince.
Pro Natively understood by browsers
Natively understood by browsers, you can author and view HTML on virtually every computer without any additional software.
HTML is fairly simple for both humans and machines. It can be repetitive and burdensome to type, but less so than most other XML or SGML-derived formats.
Con Lacks a coherent standard
Lacks a coherent standard, just many semi-compatible dialects (MultiMarkdown, etc)
Tags can hide actual content.