In the past few days, I’ve been doing quite a bit of writing in three different wikis:
- the One Laptop per Child wiki
- the DrProject wiki for a class I’m taking with Greg Wilson
- random notes that I keep on a Jottit page
I’ve become pretty finely attuned to the difference between their markup languages. The OLPC wiki runs on MediaWiki, the same as Wikipedia. The version of DrProject that we’re using seems to use a variant of the MediaWiki syntax. Jottit uses Markdown format. In this wiki-markup-language-cage-match, here’s my decision:
Markdown wins, hands down. In fact, ever since I learned about Markdown a few years ago, I’ve been wishing for a wiki that would support it. Luckily, more and more are. In fact, even the new version of DrProject supports Markdown.
I won’t even begin to go into the reasons why Markdown is so superior. If you haven’t tried it out yet, give it a go.