Rich Editor That Also Supports Markdown

I’m a huge fan of Markdown but feel that it is a barrier to normies adopting Write.as vs. more mainstream alternatives that offer rich text editing by default.

Curious if it would make sense to offer the option of allowing a rich text mode by default and allow easy switching or use of Markdown.

Here are two approaches I’ve seen:

  • Tumblr allows switching between rich text, HTML, and markdown modes. Its default mode is rich text. I believe Automattic plans to make it open source.
  • Ello has an interesting approach. They support both rich text and markdown within the same mode. I believe their code is open source.

Thoughts?