Tome – markup Language for authors

Tome is a markup language and associated tool suite released under an open source license intended for authors, primarily authors of novels and other relatively simple “chapter books”. It is a command line tool. Tome documents are written as plain text files. You can use whatever plaintext editor you wish.

Tome offers a simple and unobtrusive markup language that allows the author to focus on the writing instead of the formatting and styling.

The tool suite parses your markup and generate output in a number of different formats including EPUB, text, and LaTeX (from which you can use the standard LaTeX tool chains to produce DVI, Postscript, or PDF).

Features include:

  • Relatively small set of markup elements which are entirely related to content or structure.
  • Designed to be simple and quick to pick up.
  • Deliberately not very flexible in terms of markup. There are no macros, no custom definitions, no settings: so the author concentrates on writing.
  • Block markups – markups that may apply to large blocks of text and may contain paragraph breaks within them. These include quotations, footnotes, and preformatted text.
  • Markups that may apply to large blocks of text and may contain paragraph breaks within them.
  • Supported syntaxes: XML, Tome-OTL, and Tome-Flow.
  • Supported formats (output): XML, EPUB, LaTeX.

Developer: Brian Mearns
License: GNU Affero General Public License v3 or later

Tome is written in Python. Learn Python with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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