AsciiDoc is an open source, cross-platform and free command-line utility implemented in Python as a text document format, which can be used by anyone who wants to write manual pages, articles, short documents, and books for their GNU/Linux operating systems.
Generated files HTML, XHTML and DocBook markups
The files generated with the AsciiDoc software can be translated to HTML (HyperText Markup Language), XHTML (Extensible Hypertext Markup Language) and DocBook markups, simply by using the ‘asciidoc’ command-line tool (see the getting started section below for details).
You can easily write AsciiDoc documents
Because the software uses no weird format notations or markup tags, users will be able to write AsciiDoc documents the same way they would write a normal text document in a Word-like application
Getting started with AsciiDoc
To install and use the AsciiDoc software on your GNU/Linux distribution, you will have to download the latest release from either the project’s website or Softpedia, save the archive on your Home directory, and unpack it using your favorite archive manager utility.
Open a terminal emulator tool, navigate to the location of the extracted archive files (e.g. cd /home/softpedia/asciidoc-8.6.9), run the ‘./configure && make’ command to configure the program and build the executable, then run the ‘sudo make install’ command to install it.
After installation, run the ‘asciidoc --help’ command to view the program’s usage message and available command-line options, so you can learn how to use it. For a complete reference of the markup commands, you should read the AsciiDoc User Guide.
Runs on GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac
Being written in Python, AsciiDoc is a cross-platform software that runs on any GNU/Linux distribution. It should also work on the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems, and it is currently supported on 32 and 64-bit computer platforms.