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This article explains in short how MDX came to be and why it exists. It also gives thanks to the people who’ve helped make it and inspired it.
MDX is the combination of markdown with JSX. See § What is MDX? for more info.
Markdown does not have a syntax for custom components. MDX solves this.
There are many languages objectively better than markdown, however, markdown is great because:
Markdown does have a way to extend it, HTML, but that has drawbacks:
The frontend world has an alternative to HTML: JSX. JSX is great, amongst other things, because:
The project is governed by the unified collective.
The following projects, languages, and articles helped shape MDX either in implementation or inspiration.
Note: Is your work missing? Please open a PR if we failed to attribute your work.
The markdown and JSX languages inspired MDX. Markdown was created by John Gruber (@gruber). CommonMark, the most popular markdown variant, by John McFarlane (@jgm) et al. JSX was created by Sebastian Markbåge (@sebmarkbage) et al. at Facebook, Inc.
@mdx-js/* projects currently make heavy use of unified (specifically micromark, remark and rehype) and Acorn. unified, remark, rehype, and related tools were created by Titus Wormer (@wooorm) et al. Acorn by Marijn Haverbeke (@marijnh) et al.
The following projects inspired
The following articles inspired