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Web Developer Resource Index: Lightweight

A Lightweight Markup Language is characterized by a very simple syntax, is written in and stored as plain text, and remains readable even before being translated into some other format. The concept of lightweight markup languages is nothing new, troff(1), for both online Unix manual pages and printing, dates back to c. 1970. The same basic concept is widely used today in Web-based publishing platforms such as wikis, blogs, and more sophisticated CMS applications. These systems typically allow a user to enter content into a text area that is then transformed and published as HTML.

While the primary goal of many of these languages is in their ease of use, in practice I've found they fall short. For some, the hard things are indeed easy, while easy things are difficult or impossible without resorting to using an extension of some kind. In my opinion, the real strength lies in their readability in raw, source-form. HTML documents, for example, are very difficult to skim for content.

Updated: Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 @ 3:54 AM EST

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