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This page is intended to list the varieties of text markup available in Linux (and maybe other systems), provide a sample or description of them (or references), list their common filename extensions or identifying characteristics, list the tools used to create them, the tools available to convert one to the other, the conversions possible, and limitations. (And maybe other things.)

For now, I am collecting tidbits of information. This page will require refactoring.

Here is a list of some of the formats / extensions that come to mind immediately:

  • TeX
  • LaTeX
  • LyX
  • KLyX
  • .dvi
  • hypertext
  • .ps
  • .pdf
  • .txt
  • .doc (MSWord, sorry!)
  • The six varieties of .txt producible by MSWord
  • sgml
  • html
  • xml
  • xhtml
  • .rtf
  • info
  • Texinfo
  • man
  • groff

Some limitations

  • .dvi (and .pdf) -- Can't cut and paste (from the viewer), weird paging (does the spacebar work in acrobat -- it works in the Linux viewer)

Some converters

man $1 | 2txt > $1.txt
    • If none of the above work well enough or cannot be found, maybe man2html would be useful -- use man2html and then strip out all the html tags. (One of my big desires is to have paragraphs be recognized as paragraphs (blocks of text) versus lines of text with line feeds between them.)
  • man2html -- UNIX nroff(1) manual pages to HTML
  • dos2unix, unix2dos -- convert line endings from to and vice versa
  • bibtex2html
  • wv -- word to HTML (and others?)

Other notes


TeX uses .dvi files (binary, not human readable). First a marked-up plain-text file is created which is run through a processor to create the .dvi file. Later the .dvi file can be run through another processor to create the finished text for printing (or display).

Other Links

See other entries, like TeX, LaTeX, LyX, etc.

See Also (or Combine With)


  • RandyKramer - 08 Feb 2002
  • Brendan -- 19 Feb 2002
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