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.
Bold *text*. Don't f**org**et chars! Italic _text_. Also wi__thi__n a word. Monospace `text` too.
This text is #highlighted#
Subscript and superscript
The water formula is H~2~O Einstein's formula is E=mc^2^
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
Some Concept:: Some definition Dog:: Your best friend
Sometimes you need themfootnote:[They look very smart]
Keyboard, buttons, and menus
kbd:[F11] kbd:[Command+X] Press the btn:[OK] Select menu:View[Zoom > Reset]
WARNING: Watch you step TIP: Some info NOTE: Remember the milk
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.
Equations and formulas
stem:[sqrt(4) = 2] stem:[[[a,b\],[c,d\]\]((n),(k))]
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.