Miguel Cobá
Miguel Cobá

Miguel Cobá

AsciiDoc to HTML, PDF and ePub rendering examples

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Miguel Cobá
·Sep 8, 2021·

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Ok, last time I mentioned the advantages of AsciiDoc compared to simple Markdown for writing complex works like books.

I also said that you can use the same AsciiDoc source file and process it to generate different formats like HTML, PDF and ePUB.

Today I am going to show you how some basic and advanced elements appear in each output format.

Let's see some examples.

Simple formatting

Bold *text*. Don't f**org**et chars!

Italic _text_. Also wi__thi__n a word.

Monospace `text` too.

Simple formatting rendering


This text is #highlighted#

Highlighting rendering

Subscript and superscript

The water formula is H~2~O

Einstein's formula is E=mc^2^

Subscript and superscript rendering


We have unordered lists

* unordered
** and nested
** short
* list

ordered lists

. ordered
.. and nested
.. short
. list

and checklists

* [*] this is done
* [x] this too
* [ ] this is not even on the horizon

Lists rendering

Description List

Some Concept:: Some definition
Dog:: Your best friend

Description List rendering


Sometimes you need themfootnote:[They look very smart]

Footnotes rendering

Keyboard, buttons, and menus



Press the btn:[OK]

Select menu:View[Zoom > Reset]

Keyboard, buttons, and menus rendering


WARNING: Watch you step

TIP: Some info

NOTE: Remember the milk

Admonitions rendering

Quotes and verses

[quote, attribution, citation title and information]
Quote or excerpt text

[verse, Carl Sandburg, two lines from the poem Fog]
The fog comes
on little cat feet.

Quotes and verses rendering

Equations and formulas

stem:[sqrt(4) = 2]


Equations and formulas rendering

As you can see, it is worth investing in writing in AsciiDoc as this allows you generate a full range of popular formats like HTML, PDF, ePub, DocBook, among others. Here I showed you how it looks in PDF and ePub formats that are very popular in the eBook world.

One more thing, the output can be further customized by tweaking the style used to generate the output so you can even get a different ePub or PDF visual style from the same source by changing the default styles the AsciiDoc processor uses to generate its output.

I'll talk about that in a future post.


I'm Miguel Cobá. I write about Elixir, Elm, Software Development, and eBook writing.

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