Author: Robert M. Münch
make-doc-pro (MDP) uses an easy to learn markup language to specify different styles of a text. This is quick and easy to use and it can be handled by scripts as well makeing text processing a lot faster and simpler. The following sections explain the MDP markup language and show some special tips & tricks how to get the desired results.
MDP uses one or more plain text files as input file and generates an output file. The format of the output file can be selected. Each output format uses a different method to specify the style for the MDP markup. For example, the HTML emitter uses a cascading-style-sheet (CSS) to specify the graphical appearance of the generated HTML file. The default CSS can be overwritten by an exteranl CSS, so that you can change the look of the generated HTML files without big problems.
A MDP documnt consists of the following parts:
The main rule that you will need to follow is to separate all paragraphs with an empty line. Write a single paragraph either
Most text editors have a feature to word-wrap a text so that you can still see the complete paragraph if you go for option 1.
This is paragraph one. This is paragraph two.
If you fail to do this, your paragraphs will be merged together.
The first line in a text file is used as a title line. This text is used for the document title as well as the HTML title tag for the generated document.
If you follow the title line with a few indented lines, these lines are used as your boilerplate. The boilerplate uses a special style.
Author : Robert M. Münch Corrections : firstname.lastname@example.org
The table of contents (TOC) is automatically generated by the different section headings. It contains links to each section. No other effort is required. The TOC will indent and number the different sections and subsections. The level of indention is the same as later in the document text.
The TOC isn't included into your document by default. If you want to include a TOC use the following code where you want the TOC to appear. The TOC is onlygenerated for the contents follwing the tag:
make-doc-pro supports four different sorts of headings. These headings are indented to give the document a structure. This structure is shown in the TOC too.
Major section headings are created with a line that begins with that is followed by the text of the heading. Here is an example:
===This is a Major Section
Minor section headings are created with a line that begins with --- and is followed by the text of the heading. Here is an example:
---This is a Subsection
A simple memory method for remembering that is for sections and --- is for subsections is to note that has more to it than ---. There are two more subsection headings you can use. The first is +++ and the second one is ... followed by the text of the heading. The subsections use different text sizes and indention levels to indicate the level of the heading.
Here is a summuray of the available heading styles:
Major Section heading
You can change text decoration inline. You can use bold text, italic text or underline text. The formatting is quite easy for this:
*bold* ~italic~ _underline_
The word you are going to decorate must have spaces in front of and after the inline decoration character:
This is an _underlined source_ text.
Comments begin with a semicolon (;) and continue through the end of the paragraph. It is OK to have whitespaces between the semicolon and the first character of the text.
Here is an example comment:
;This is a comment. It continues until a blank line is encountered. It is handy for commenting out paragraphs.
If you follow your text with ### it will be used to mark the end of text formatting. This is handy if you want to include some comments or notes to yourself at the end of the file, but you don't want them formatted into the document.
would end text formatting.
You can also embed a REBOL script to automatically format your text (as described above). To do so, follow the ### with a REBOL header. Here is an example:
### [REBOL  do/args %make-doc-pro.r %make-doc-pro.txt]
The ### marks the end of the formatting so the script portion will not be shown. The brackets around the script allow you to follow the line with notes or comments that are not evaluated. The brackets are not required.
MDP supports structuring a document either by using bullet points or numbered lists.
A handy way of creating a simple list of bullet points is done by beginning paragraphs with a * character. Remember to keep the text flush left, otherwise it will become a code example.The example:
*This is the first of a few bullet points. *This is a second bullet point. *This is another bullet point. It contains a lot more text, so it will show how bullets are wrapped on in the output.
make-doc-pro supports three different levels of bullet points. To use them just use several bullet characters. Here is an example:
*First level **Second level ***Third level **Second level ***Third level
Similar to bullet points, you can create numbered points. Start each numbered line with a # that is followed by the text of the line.
#This is the first numbered line. #This is the second numbered line. #This is another bullet point. It contains a lot more text, so it will show how lines are wrapped on in the output.
This section describes some special markup rules you can use.
To create a code example, all you have to do is indent the text. Code examples are printed in a fixed-space bold font. For example:
foreach line paragraph [ print [ length? line mold line ] ]
Notice that the example maintains its proper indentation. In REBOL indentation defaults to 4 spaces.
A list of word definitions is created with a leading : for the word, followed by a - for the definition. The word of the definition can contain - characters too as long as there are no spaces. make-doc-pro recognizes the definition from the place starting after a "<space>-<space>" sequence is found.
For example, the definitions:
:word - This is the first definition. :example-with- - This is the second definition. :next word - This is the second word. Note that it can include more than one word.
would appear as:
This is the first definition.
This is the second definition.
This is the second word. Note that it can include more than one word.
Simple types of URL links can be created with the url command. This command provides a file or site reference, followed by the hyperlink text. For example, to provide a relative link:
=url work.html Where we work
To provide an absolute link:
=url http://www.rebol.com The Main REBOL Site
This will appear as follows
The Main REBOL Site.
You can also provide email links with:
=url mailto:email@example.com Send me an email.
Send me an email.
Sometimes it's necessary to use URL with spaces, especially if you want to link to a file on a intranet server. Than use the following form:
=url "//mycomputer/mydirectory with spaces/myfile.txt" URL with spaces
URL with spaces
To increase indention level of a section of text, you will need to use a \in and a /in to indicate decreasing the indention level. This means you can use several \in and /in for indention controling. Indetion level is increased/decreased by 1cm a time.
\in This is a section of text. I can contain most of the other special formats. For example, here are a few bullet points: *bullet 1 *bullet 2 /in
This is a section of indented text. It can contain most of the other special formats. For example, here are a few bullet points:
Special notes can be shown in a callout box. A note begins with \note and ends with /note. The \note line can be followed by a box heading that will be shown at the top of the box.
\note Example Note Box This is a special note. It can contain most of the other special formats. For example, here are a few numbered points: #number one #number two /note
|Example Note Box|
This is a special note. It can contain most of the other special formats. For example, here are a few numbered points:
make-doc-pro adds support for tables. It's only a basic thing yet but more to come. You create tables like this:
\table cell1 | cell2 cell1 | cell2 /table
Images are placed in a document with the image tag.
=image center mdp-logo.png
Would include the image, with the filename ms-word.gif from the same directory as the sourcetext file, centered in the document:
To left justify the image:
=image left mdp-logo.png
You can use right and float as well.
=image right mdp-logo.png
=image float mdp-logo.png
This is a text with an embedded image to include text styling graphics.
VID layouts can be automatically generated as images. The images will be stored in a graphics folder in the local directory.
To create a layout, follow an example with a view command. The command does not need to immediately follow the example. It will always print the last example that appeared. This gives you space to explain the results before showing them.
Here is an example layout:
backdrop %nyc.jpg 40.40.150 banner "Example Layout" text bold "Just an example...." button "Ok"
This will normally appear as:
But, it can also be shown left justified as:
In order to see the above examples, you must build a local copy of make-doc-pro.html. To do so, just run make-doc-pro and select makedocpro.txt from the file requestor.
The first is done with a:
The second is done with a:
A graphics dir will be created within the working dir, containing the *.png generated file. It can be given a base file name with a line like:
All other view commands that follow will use the same base name. If no base name is given, the word "image" will be used.
This section describes the commands you can use to control MDP's translation process.
I added support for different languages to make-doc-pro. At the moment only the specifier for the contents and copyright section can be customized. By default make-doc-pro uses the english language option.
Language support isn't hardcoded into make-doc-pro instead you specifie a filename, which is than loaded and processed. From this point on the new definitions are used. So a good place to use this option is after the title/author block and before the TOC tag. In this case the TOC will have the correct description.
To specify an other language use the following code:
This will read the file DE.r and execute the definitions inside. Here you see a sample content of such a file:
contents: "Inhalt" copyright: [<HR><P id="end"> "Documentenformatierer Copyright Robert M. Münch. All Rights Reserved." <BR> "Formatiert mit Make-Doc-Pro Version:" system/script/header/version " am " now/date " um " now/time </P>]
While processing a file you can insert the contents of another file with the include command. For example:
would include the file preface.txt.
The inserted file can use all of the same commands and body text as accepted by make-doc-pro. Any number of include commands can be used, and included files can also contain include commands.
Include files should be placed into the same directory as the sourcetext file.
A single input file can create multiple output files. The new output file is specified with the file command. For example:
would cause all text and commands that follow it to be stored in the directory.html file. When using several output files, the TOC is kept in sync. This makes it possible to klick in the TOC and branch to an other file.
More than one file command can be used. For example:
This is the text of the first file
This is the text of the second file.
This is the text of the third file.