I was looking for a minimalistic markup language - a project was using DocBook markup - which of course is pretty wordy XML, way too many angle brackets for me, and all that tag matching to boot... I remember (fondly) Setext which was used by Tidbits way back when. And then I recalled that John Gruber at Daring Fireball had a markup language called Markdown (wikipedia link). Exactly what I needed!

And then I found pandoc - which takes text marked up in one form and translates it to another. And it does Markdown to DocBook - right down my alley. So I’m writing minimalistically marked up text and creating very nice DocBook files, lowers the effort and aggravation of tag and bracket matching...

PS Turns out there’s a plug-in for RapidWeaver which annotates a section of text as Markdown formatted. It’s called MarkUp and is available for both RW 3 and 4. Check it out here (RW4 version).