26th July 2017

John Gruber:

In Markdown, you can create unordered lists using any of three characters as the โ€œbulletsโ€: asterisk (*), hyphen (-), or plus (+). Why all three? More or less: why not? Better to let people choose the character that feels most natural to them. I know a lot of Markdown users choose different characters for different levels of hierarchical lists, and that went into the original thinking as well.

Iโ€™ve always been curious which list markers people actually use, so I did a poll on Twitter. The results:

  • 42% Asterisk (*)
  • 54% Hyphen (-)
  • 04% Plus (+)

For what it’s worth, I’m a hyphen user. I’m not against using a plus, because it still feels natural. But I can’t understand using an asterisk, when they’re used so much elsewhere in Markdown.

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