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AFT (Almost Free Text) is a document preparation system. It is mostly free form, meaning that there is little intrusive markup; AFT source documents look a lot like plain old ASCII text. It has a few rules for structuring your document, more to do with formatting your text than embedding lots of commands, and it produces all types of output (HTML, XHTML, LaTeX, roll-your-own XML, etc.). All that needs to be done is to edit a rule file. You can even customize your own rule files for specialized output.

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  •  11 Sep 2010 12:04

Release Notes: Experimental indexing support was added. It is mostly useful for LaTeX output.

  •  06 Sep 2009 18:32

Release Notes: This release deepens "sectioning" support down to 7 levels.

  •  27 Sep 2005 08:06

Release Notes: The historical hack of using \\ to produce a line break was removed. It has been replaced with an internally used LineBreak element. Also, the behavior of line continuations in verbatim mode was modified. They are now ignored, as they should be.

  •  06 Apr 2004 17:11

Release Notes: This release has a first cut at footnote support (HTML and LaTex). There is a more elegant HTML style for the out-of-the-box HTML default. The reference manual has been updated. A massive source code overhaul (clean up) has begun.

  •  23 Mar 2004 08:12

Release Notes: The previous release was accidentally distributed as DOS files (with ^M terminated lines), which caused much havoc. A new .dat file element, EXT, has been added to specify the default output file extension. If EXT isn't present, then ID is used.


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