RST is a file format formely created by Python community to write documentation (and so, is part of Docutils).
RST files are simple text files with lightweight syntax (comparing to HTML).
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 there must be as many equals signs as title characters. Title are underlined with equals signs too ========================================== Subtitles with dashes --------------------- You can put text in *italic* or in **bold**, you can "mark" text as code with double backquote ``print()``. Lists are as simple as in Markdown: - First item - Second item - Sub item or * First item * Second item * Sub 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 to not insert unnecessary URLs inside readable 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 6 contributor(s).