I like to write posts in 'Edit HTML' mode because I want to have clean, semantic HTML on my blog. I'm happy that I can use Markdown now to write my posts and convert them to HTML using my user script (based on js-markdown) because this is much faster then writing HTML.
My post announcing the user script had little info on Markdown. I'm not going to copy the complete Markdown syntax here, but I will put a short example in this post to give you an indication of how Markdown can help you writing HTML.
# Clean & quick HTML writing This is a [Markdown](http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/) example. It is intended to be as *easy-to-read* and *easy-to-write* as is feasible. * List item 1 **strong** * List item 2 `code` > Blockquoted text
<h1>Clean & quick HTML writing</h1> <p>This is a <a href="http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/">Markdown</a> example. It is intended to be as <em>easy-to-read</em> and <em>easy-to-write</em> as is feasible.</p> <ul> <li>List item 1 <strong>strong</strong></li> <li>List item 2 <code>code</code></li> </ul> <blockquote> <p>Blockquoted text</p> </blockquote>