[rescue] [off-topic] What was this markup language?

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 8 07:27:00 CST 2015



> On Dec 8, 2015, at 7:14 AM, microcode at zoho.com wrote:
> I have dim memories of making a little money editing term papers on a
> in the early 1980s. It seems to me I used some kind of markup language
> the directives started with a "." character in the first column of the
> line. I was able to do indenting and alignment and other text-processing
stuff to
> make the papers print out nicely.
> Years went by and I forgot all about that. When I started wondering about
> again I thought it must have been PostScript. When I search the net now I
> can't find any evidence PostScript is used as a markup language for writing
> letters or papers and all the search results for postscript in the context
> of letters are unhelpful. All the examples and even the stuff downloadable
> from Adobe and other places seems to focus on image presentation and even
> doing math rather than text markup.
> Does anybody want to take a SWAG what this was? I am nearly certain it was
> not Tex or LateX but I just don't remember. It seems to me it was real easy
> to learn and get rolling with, that's why I suspect it wasn't LaTeX.
> Next question, other than LaTeX, are there any good choices in simple
> languages suitable for writing letters and resumes, etc.? I'm not really
> happy with Open/Libre Office nor the direction it's going in. I'd like to
> look into some alternative where the input stays as ASCII text.
> Thanks.
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