In March of 1985, Apple released a new machine. Sporting 512 KB RAM and a 68000 central processing unit made by Motorola clocked at 12 MHZ, it easily topped the 8 MHZ and 128 KB RAM of Macintosh from a year before.
So, Mac (even with 512 KB RAM) blushed a bit beside that machine next to it — the LaserWriter printer. The printer was so powerful to deal with PostScript, a complete programming language used to lay out pages.
To lay out emails for reading with some formatting, you do not need PostScript or PDF; the Markdown language adds formatting in a manner that is easy to decipher in source code and plain text as well:
›› Hint at formatting smartly in the plain text email you write and have it rendered as rich text in supporting email programs while the message still looks good to everyone else. Here's how to employ Markdown formatting in your emails.