|Developed by||David Goodger|
|Initial release||April 2, 2002|
(March 11, 2013)
|Open format?||Public domain|
It is part of the Docutils project of the Python Doc-SIG (Documentation Special Interest Group), aimed at creating a set of tools for Python similar to Javadoc for Java or POD for Perl. Docutils can extract comments and information from Python programs, and format them into various forms of program documentation.
In this sense, reStructuredText is a lightweight markup language designed to be both (a) processable by documentation-processing software such as Docutils, and (b) easily readable by human programmers who are reading and writing Python source code.
reStructuredText is sometimes abbreviated as RST, ReST, or reST. This can create confusion with Representational State Transfer (REST), an unrelated technology.
There were a number of problems with StructuredText, and reST was developed to address them. The name reStructuredText was chosen to indicate that reST is a "revised, reworked, and reinterpreted StructuredText."
reST began to see significant use in the Python community in 2002.
reStructuredText is commonly used for technical documentation, for example, in documentation of Python libraries. However, it is suitable for a wide range of texts.
Since 2008, reST is a core component of Python's Sphinx document generation system.
Examples of reST markup
Section Header ============== Subsection Header -----------------
- A bullet list item - Second item - A sub item - Spacing between items creates separate lists - Third item 1) An enumerated list item 2) Second item a) Sub item that goes on at length and thus needs to be wrapped. Note the indentation that must match the beginning of the text, not the enumerator. i) List items can even include paragraph breaks. 3) Third item #) Another enumerated list item #) Second item
.. image:: /path/to/image.jpg
N.B.: named links and anonymous links are enclosed in grave accents (`), and not in apostrophes (').
:: some literal text This may also be used inline at the end of a paragraph, like so:: some more literal text .. code:: python
print("A literal block directive explicitly marked as python code")
- Sphinx (documentation generator)
- Comparison of documentation generators
- Comparison of notetaking software
- Comparison of document markup languages
- Setext, an old lightweight markup language (1992).
- Markdown, a widespread lightweight markup language.
- MultiMarkdown, an improved Markdown.
- Org-mode, a similar lightweight markup.
- Textile, a similar lightweight markup language to produce HTML.
- AsciiDoc, a similar lightweight markup language supporting many types of documents.
- txt2tags, another similar lightweight markup language.
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