I am wondering why there is no markdown syntax for underline? I know that basic html tags can be embedded to achieve this but I am trying to understand why
underline got omitted when bold and italics exists
There are no mention of "bold" or "italics" in the markdown syntax document. What there is, is an emphasis section, which describes how the use of underscore and asterix -marked spans (
__) should produce code wrapped in
The reason for this, I presume, is that markdown is a markup language, like html, and should not be concerned with how the text is presented (that's the job of the styling/CSS), but to provide semantic meaning to the text. This is particularly useful for people who use non-graphical browsers, where the emphasis can be conveyed in other ways (Think about how a screen-reader could add emphasis when it encounters an
<em> tag, or really add lots of emphasis in the case of the
I could well use CSS to style my emphasised text with underlines, rather than italics, but this is not the browser default in most cases.