An open spec for efficient binary encoding of formatted text is the thing we've needed for 20 years - not more MD tools.
I'm genuinely curious because I've never considered Markdown anything more than a way to more easily render text -- which it seems to do fine. But, maybe I've just exposed myself as an average user..
2) A good answer is another, more efficient open spec for encoding formatted text - meaning I can use any app to format my text, then open it in another app and be sure I have full fidelity. This fidelity would be constrained by a requirement of HTML output.
The power-user had to with HTML before markdown/restructuredtext/other came along. I'd call that an improvement.
If anything, the "elite" is powered by latex only. Which is another level of crazy entirely.
How would this improve anything? Is there something about Markdown that makes it inherently inferior that I don't know about? I don't consider myself a tech-elite and Markdown seems just fine to me.
I disagree on this completely, here is why:
It is simple format and users can figure it out and it will empower them. Some will know very basic things, but others can learn and do more.