A brief history of text markup languages


There’s a long history to text markup languages, and I don’t think most people know much of it. This talk gives a quick overview of the major formats, including nroff/troff, SGML, HTML, Docbook, TeX and LaTeX, setext, reStructuredText, markdown and AsciiDoc.

In passing, I shall complain briefly about the history of wiki markups, and explain my reservations about markdown, and why it’s still a good thing.

The slides, and extended notes, will be available at https://github.com/tibs/markup-history.

  • Conference: Write the Docs Prague
  • Year: 2018

About the speaker

Tony Ibbs