Mau: a lightweight markup language based on Jinja

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  • pandoc

    Universal markup converter

    I tried Pandoc, and a week spent trying to learn again that black magic called TeX was enough for me to decide that the system wasn't what I needed. My relationship with TeX/LaTeX has always been stormy: while I admire the system, the ingenuity, and the one-man show effort behind TeX, the final result is a convoluted beast that is difficult to tame. It is also terribly undocumented!

  • Pelican

    Static site generator that supports Markdown and reST syntax. Powered by Python.

    Markdown is a great format, and I used it for all my blog posts since I started writing. Pelican, which is the static site generator that I use, supports Markdown out of the box, so it was extremely easy to start using it, and overall I had an enjoyable experience.

  • Scout APM

    Truly a developer’s best friend. Scout APM is great for developers who want to find and fix performance issues in their applications. With Scout, we'll take care of the bugs so you can focus on building great things 🚀.

  • Asciidoctor

    :gem: A fast, open source text processor and publishing toolchain, written in Ruby, for converting AsciiDoc content to HTML 5, DocBook 5, and other formats.

    The third system that I found was AsciiDoc, which started as a Python project, abandoned for a while and eventually resurrected by Dan Allen with Asciidoctor. AsciiDoc has a lot of features and I consider it superior to Markdown, but Asciidoctor is a Ruby program, and this made it difficult for me to use it. In addition, the standard output of Asciidoctor is a nice single HTML page but again customising it is a pain. I eventually created the site of the book using it, but adding my Google Analytics code and a sitemap.xml to the HTML wasn't trivial, not to mention customising the look of elements such as admonitions.

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