txt2tags 2.6

And when you thought txt2tags was hibernating inside a cold dark cave, guess what? We have a new release! :)

I’m very happy to announce the release of txt2tags 2.6, coming out after more than two years of development effort in the txt2tags SVN.

Thanks to the active and ever growing team, this is the most feature rich release to date: five new targets, five new command line options, a new mark for tagged text, a new command to include CSV files, updated documentation, more translations and tons of bug fixes and improvements.

New targets:

Now counting a total of 18 supported targets, txt2tags is one of the most versatile text conversion tool out there. To help you remember all of them, now we have the --targets option.

$ txt2tags --targets
adoc    AsciiDoc document
art     ASCII Art text
creole  Creole 1.0 document
dbk     DocBook document
doku    DokuWiki page
gwiki   Google Wiki page
html    HTML page
lout    Lout document
man     UNIX Manual page
mgp     MagicPoint presentation
moin    MoinMoin page
pm6     PageMaker document
pmw     PmWiki page
sgml    SGML document
tex     LaTeX document
txt     Plain Text
wiki    Wikipedia page
xhtml   XHTML page
$

The new %!csv command will read a CSV file and convert it to a nice table. This is a quick way to include a large table in your document if you already have the data in a CSV file. The usage is simple:

%!csv: monthly-report.csv

The new ''tagged'' mark is perfect to satisfy some popular user requests:

  • How can I insert HTML code in my document?
  • How can I insert LaTeX formulas?

Just put a pair of apostrophes around some text, ''like this'', and txt2tags will not touch it. You can insert arbitrary target code, such as ''<span id=a123>''marking some text''</span>'' with HTML tags inside a paragraph. If you want to add a whole block of code, use the three apostrophes block:

'''
<div id="mynicediv">
  <p style="color:red;">My text.</p>
</div>
'''

It’s very handy for things like Google Analytics code or YouTube embedded code in HTML pages. Or formulas in LaTeX. Or advanced wiki markup. Or… You name it.

How about to show a slide presentation just using your regular terminal? Now it’s possible with the new --slides option, used by the ASCII Art target. It breaks your text into pages, repeating the top title if necessary. You inform the size (lines and columns) with the new --height and --width options. You can even change the decoration characters with the new --art-chars option.

txt2tags -t art --slides --width 80 --height 25 -o - sample.t2t | more

Check out the ChangeLog for a complete list of all the changes and download your shiny new txt2tags!

Oh, this new version requires Python 2.2 or newer. But not Python 3, because we’re not that cool :)

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2 responses to “txt2tags 2.6

  1. Thanks, this new ”tagged” mark will be very useful for writing latex documents.

  2. Some files testing the generation of Latex documents using txt2tags 2.6 (http://txt2tags.org): http://bit.ly/cQhgMq

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