RST, Restructured Text, is a file format created by the Python community to write documentation. It is part of Docutils.
RST is a markdown language like HTML but is much more lightweight and easier to read.
To use Restructured Text, you will have to install Python and the
docutils can be installed using the commandline:
$ easy_install docutils
If your system has
pip, you can use it too:
$ pip install docutils
A simple example of the file syntax:
.. Lines starting with two dots are special commands. But if no command can be found, the line is considered as a comment ========================================================= Main titles are written using equals signs over and under ========================================================= Note that each character, including spaces, needs an equals sign above and below. Titles also use equals signs but are only underneath ==================================================== Subtitles with dashes --------------------- You can put text in *italic* or in **bold**, you can "mark" text as code with double backquote ``print()``. Special characters can be escaped using a backslash, e.g. \\ or \*. Lists are similar to Markdown, but a little more involved. Remember to line up list symbols (like - or \*) with the left edge of the previous text block, and remember to use blank lines to separate new lists from parent lists: - First item - Second item - Sub item - Third item or * First item * Second item * Sub item * Third item Tables are really easy to write: =========== ======== Country Capital =========== ======== France Paris Japan Tokyo =========== ======== More complex tables can be done easily (merged columns and/or rows) but I suggest you to read the complete doc for this :) There are multiple ways to make links: - By adding an underscore after a word : Github_ and by adding the target URL after the text (this way has the advantage of not inserting unnecessary URLs in the visible text). - By typing a full comprehensible URL : https://github.com/ (will be automatically converted to a link) - By making a more Markdown-like link: `Github <https://github.com/>`_ . .. _Github: https://github.com/
RST comes with docutils where you have
rst2html, for example:
$ rst2html myfile.rst output.html
Note : On some systems the command could be rst2html.py
But there are more complex applications that use the RST format:
Originally contributed by DamienVGN, and updated by 8 contributor(s).