CTAN has a new package: nicetext -- wiki.sty, niceverb.sty (carnival edition)

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Tue Feb 24 22:28:02 CET 2009

On Mon, 23 Feb 2009 Uwe Lück submitted the new package


to CTAN.

Location on CTAN: /macros/latex/contrib/nicetext/
Summary description: ``minimal'' markup for simple text (Wikipedia style) and documentation
License type: lppl


The NICETEXT bundle offers ``minimal'' markup syntax for rather 
simple kinds of text. The code you type should show little more 
characters than are printed, though you get LaTeX quality.  We try 
to do away with backslashes, technical terms, and curly braces, 
which (a.o.) may cause musculoskeletal damages at PC keyboards 
<optional arghh>.
'wiki.sty' addresses general kinds of texts. 'niceverb.sty' is 
made for documenting LaTeX packages. 'niceverb.sty' especially 
offers [almost-]WYSIWIG for meta-variables (macro arguments) and 
for referring to commands (and their syntax) in footnotes, section 
titles etc. E.g., to typeset the syntax description
you just type 

One source of inspiration is the markup syntax that is used in 
editing Wikipedia pages. The package 'wiki.sty' of the bundle 
offers a very similar syntax as a LaTeX front-end. It suffices for 
italics, boldface, sectioning, and certain list-like environments. 
This is also similar to 'easylatex', 


which is more powerful and uses Perl. 'wiki.sty', by contrast, is 
just a LaTeX package, working on any TeX installation. 
'niceverb' is not ready in two essential respects, but I thought 
it should be released in time for German Carnival (read on in README)

This package is located at 
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Thanks for the upload.

For the CTAN Team
  Rainer Schöpf

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