Category:Structured Text

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Structured Text is a general name for various kinds of simple markup. It refers to a method of creating typographically or semantically rich plain text files, using only ASCII characters found on most keyboards, that can, if needed, be translated into more traditional markup languages.

Traditional markup languages, like LaTeX, HTML, etc, are powerful, and share many features with structured text. While they can be somewhat easily hand-coded, they are not designed to be read as is, and generally contain many features of little use to the average writer of documents (as opposed to computer code). They are usually formatted on the fly by a program such as Web Browsers, formatted and printed, or compiled into a file such as a PDF.

Structured text systems, on the other hand, can usually be read as-is, without any further change. They generally reflect the impromptu ASCII markup long used in email and Usenet postings. They are also much easier to write: compare LaTeX \textit{text} and HTML <em>text</em> with Markdown's _text_. There are software tools that translate structured text into more formal markup languages--- usually HTML, but also XML, LaTeX, and man pages.

Structured text systems are popular with many because, being plain text, they can be created in any text editor. Plain text is platform-independent, and can survive any software upgrade.

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