Does org-mode use some markup language? What is the language called? I found that it is similar but different from Markdown. Thanks.

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Yes, it uses org-mode syntax. The syntax is documented in the manual and in more technical detail here.

  • Is the orgmode markup language more or less powerful than Markdown?
    – Tim
    Mar 20, 2015 at 1:54
  • For formatting, they're about the same. But markdown doesn't have an equivalent to org-mode's tags, keywords or properties and it doesn't source blocks.
    – erikstokes
    Mar 20, 2015 at 2:07
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    I'd say it's hard to compare them, (partly because there are several different flavors of markdown) but org probably has more features. The drawback is that markdown is fairly ubiquitous, while org is emacs-specific. Your friend using Vim or Sublime will not appreciate being sent and org-mode file, while just about everyone has decent tools for working with markdown.
    – Ista
    Mar 20, 2015 at 2:15
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    @Tim Luckily, org-mode can export to Markdown! :)
    – itsjeyd
    Mar 21, 2015 at 9:54
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    @itsjeyd sure, and even if it didn't you could convert from org to markdown using pandoc. That doesn't really help much if you are writing something collaboratively.
    – Ista
    Mar 21, 2015 at 13:43

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