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From "Manfred Moser" <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Documentation
Date Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:54:28 GMT
I have used all those as well and my preference still sits with asciidoc. Mostly because I
have a larger choice of quality output. 

If I have the choice overall and write more complex stuff on my own I would probably go back
to LaTeX ;-) 


Martin Desruisseaux wrote on 2016-11-14 11:16:

> Le 14/11/16 à 19:10, Manfred Moser a écrit :
>> Switching from Asciidoc to OpenOffice seems like a recipe for disaster to me.
>> Asciidoc (or asciidoctor) is very capable for PDF creation and is used in
>> publishing companies like OReilly.
> On my side I used at different time OpenOffice, Asciidoc, Docbook, Maven
> APT and Markdown. After all those attempts, my preference now (for the
> documentation that I write) is plain HTML with a CSS complete enough for
> avoiding formatting code in most places of HTML files. I found Asciidoc
> or Maven APT too limited (I often needed more advanced features like
> tables with some merged cells, equations, etc). Markdown allows to write
> HTML inline, but when I start doing that I could as well write the full
> document in HTML and get the help of HTML editors. Docbook is very rich,
> but requires learning a new language which is not that much simpler than
> HTML 5.
> Another reason is for introducing some semantic in the documents.
> Asciidoc, Maven APT or Markdown allows to said "put this text in italic"
> while HTML 5 or Docbook allows to said "this text is a citation" or
> "emphases this text". The rendering is the same, but I presume that the
> value of HTML approach may slowly increase in the next years with the
> progress of semantic web.
>    Martin
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