View Full Version : which document markup language to use?

September 21st, 2007, 08:30 PM
So I've decided to start doing most of my important writing with semantic markup instead of WYSIWYG. Problem is, I can't decide the best way to go about this. I looked into LaTeX for a while, as it seems to be the de-facto standard of semantic documents. There's plenty of information out there about writing a source document, but despite heavy googling I found no information on defining custom templates or document classes. This is a must for me.

I will also need support for lots of characters not in ASCII (ex. the IPA and many uncommon Unicode characters, like the Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics).

If someone can point me towards a tutorial that shows me how to define my own styles and use these characters in LaTeX, my search is probably over. Otherwise, are there any other well-supported markup languages (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_document_markup_languages) that would do the job?

September 21st, 2007, 10:28 PM
Have you looked through the guides here?:
Like LaTeX 2ε for class and package writers.

September 22nd, 2007, 12:03 AM
I had looked through those guides several times previously... and for some reason I didn't find what I was looking for until just now.:confused:

Thanks. Does anyone here know when LaTeX3 is planned for release? Looks like one its goals is to make it easier to create document classes.