There are a number of simplified text markup languages, including the one use in wikipedia, the one used in stackoverflow, and the one used in github.
I am particulalry interested in githubs language, so called,
[markdown] whose syntax seems as simple as this cheatsheet I just made:
# This is like \section ## This is like \subsection ### This is like \subsubsection #### This is like \paragraph (say) **bold** text is written like `*bold*` or `__bold__` **italic** text is written like `*italic*` or `_italic_` This are list: - which can be bulleted - or unbulleted, i.e., numbered - or checklist. To be numbered, write numbers, e.g., 1 1. first item 2. second item 1. third item
I particularly liked their simplified syntax for simple tables, and if not discouraged by the community, would be asking a related question soon.