What is HTML? What is markdown? Why do you need to convert HTML to markdown and how to do that? In this post, MiniTool PDF Editor explains these issues to you in detail.

What Is HTML?

HTML, short for HyperText Markup Language, is the standard markup language for documents designed to be displayed in a web browser. To make you learn about it better, I will give you an example.

If you write a blog, you just write down plain text and then add various effects to it (italic, bold, etc.). Then, the blog file will have a nice formatting. If you click the HTML view, you will see that this formatting is completed by various HTML tags.

HTML view

After you post this blog, it will become a webpage with the suffix of .html. The webpage is an HTML file. You can right-click on it and save it as a local HTML file. That can be opened again using a browser.

A local HTML file can also become an online webpage after you upload it to a web server and then the server sends the file to the browser for render.
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What Is Markdown?

Markdown is a lightweight markup language for creating formatted text using a plain-text editor. It also has some text symbols to realize file formatting like bold, indented, headings, table formatting, etc.

However, the markdown formatting syntax is few and concise. Therefore, the markdown codes are easy to read and program, allowing people to focus more on the content itself rather than on formatting.

Markdown is widely used for blogging and instant messaging and in online forums, collaborative software, documentation pages, and readme files. The Reddit forum also uses markdown codes. To make you learn about markdown better, I will also give an example.

When you create a post in the Reddit forum, you can click the Markdown Mode button in the upper right corner of the text editing window and then decorate the text using the markdown codes.

click Markdown Mode

Click the question mark next to the Markdown button in the upper left corner. You will see the basic markdown symbols. Write down your text and use these symbols to decorate your text. Then, click Switch to Fancy Pants Editor to check the complete display effect of the text.

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There are specialized markdown editing tools. They can save these markdown codes as a .md file.
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Why Do You Need to Convert HTML to Markdown?

You may need to convert HTML to markdown for the following reasons.

  • Markdown text is easier to read and modify than HTML text.
  • You want to easily distribute the content to more blogging platforms because almost all blogging platforms support the markdown format.
  • Save storage space. The markdown text uses less storage space than the HTML text.

How to Convert HTML to Markdown

To convert HTML to markdown, you can use MiniTool PDF Editor. It is not only an HTML to markdown converter, but also a tool that can edit PDF, split/merge PDF, password protect PDF, and so on. How to use this HTML to markdown converter? You can refer to the following guide.

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MiniTool PDF editor will need to convert the HTML file to a PDF file first and then convert the PDF file to a markdown file.

Step 1: Download and install MiniTool PDF Editor. Launch this software and go to the Convert tab. Then, click More to PDF > HTML to PDF.

You can also right-click the webpage and choose Print. Then, change Destination to Save as PDF and click Save. In this way, you can get the PDF file directly.

Step 2: On the pop-up window, click Add Files and then select an HTML file. Set the Output Path (where the PDF file will be saved) and click Start.

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Step 3: After you get the PDF file, click Convert > PDF to More > PDF to Markdown. Click Add Files to select the PDF file and then click Start.

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If you want to convert HTML codes to markdown codes, you can use online HTML to markdown converters like Lambda Test, Code Beauty, etc.

The Issue During the HTML to Markdown Conversion Process

When you convert HTML to markdown, you may encounter this issue in most cases: the converted markdown file or codes still contain many HTML codes, which are hard to read.

Why does this issue occur? The reason is that the markdown language is not as expressive as HTML, and not every HTML tag can find the corresponding markdown syntax. In addition, HTML also has some redundant tags.

To solve this issue, you may need to delete the redundant tags and abandon some special formats.

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Bottom Line

This post introduces the HTML and markdown language and shows you how to convert HTML to markdown. You can have a try. If you encounter issues when using MiniTool PDF Editor to do the file conversion, contact us via [email protected]. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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