Markdown and Syntax Highlighting in WordPress

I’ve been having a look at the various ways to post in WordPress, and it comes with a default choice of visual editor or ‘text’ editor – namely HTML.

Now the visual editor seems to be quite limited, and it’s slow to do some things like create lists and change formatting. The text editor, on the other hand, is very capable with full support for HTML (not sure which version). I’m very familiar with this, but I somehow don’t think it’s what I want to be posting in – a bit lengthy to write out `<strong>` for every bold bit of text, and so on.
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