Co-developers wanted: document markup language

Torsten Bronger bronger at
Fri Aug 24 11:11:21 CEST 2007


Evan Klitzke writes:

> On 8/23/07, Torsten Bronger <bronger at> wrote:
>> Some LaTeX users in Aachen thought about a general-use markup
>> language this spring.  I wrote some code and a rough project
>> description, however, we could need some help.
>> If you are interested, visit the provisional project page at
> I briefly looked over the specification, and it looks like you're
> targeting a LaTeX backend. Are you planning on outputting to LaTeX
> and using that to generate e.g. PDF versions of documents, or do
> you plan to have a real PDF/Postscript backend?

Yes, I plan to use LaTeX as a mere backend slave for getting PDFs.
I will *try* to keep the LaTeX readable but mostly for debugging
purposes.  I don't think that a native PDF backend is helpful on the
short run because LaTeX just works well for this (I don't like
LaTeX's usability but I do like TeX's typesetting abilities).

There is another way to get PDFs which I certainly want to give a
try sometime, namely XSL:FO.

However, I don't know how feasible direct PDF output is.  I'm
somewhat scared by line breaking algorithms, hyphenation and all
this, though.


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