So you want to type # and have that disappear immediately? And then? What about a following #? And links?
If you don’t like a markup language to look like a markup language, perhaps something like RTF or Word or Pages would suit you better.
He’s referenced the Obsidian md editor a couple of times in this thread.
I am more familiar with the Logseq md editor but I think they share qualities with Obsidian.
It basically renders everything before the last hard return and after the next hard return. Therefore only the line/paragraph you’re editing shows you the markup.
It’s nice in some ways but I think it also relies on a completely different document model than DT.
Logseq at least is a block model, where links and rendering are based on blocks, not documents. This has many pluses but some drawbacks as well.
I like the DT render modes and have memorized in my hand muscles the toggle between preview and edit and I rarely use the side by side mode. I can’t even tell you what the toggle is without going into DT and watching myself do it. (control option P for preview, control option x for edit, so it’s not even a toggle!)
I understand that you want something. And I’m not the one who’s deciding if you get it or not.
But calling what you want “normal” (and thus insinuating that contradicting positions are “abnormal”) is, at least for me, quite irritating.
Your wishes and preferences are just that: yours. They are neither normal nor exotic. Nor are people who like what you don’t like “nerds” or meriting any other derogatory description.
And I don’t see why DT has to implement every detail of other programs. If there’s software out there that does what you want, then by all means use it. DT does not get in the way.