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Maruku is a Markdown-superset interpreter.

Maruku implements:

  • The original Markdown syntax.
  • All the improvements in PHP Markdown Extra.
  • A new meta-data syntax.

Basic Use

The basic use is to create a new document, and then write its HTML representation with the method to_html:

doc =
puts doc.to_html

The #to_html method returns a string, representing an HTML fragment."## Header ##").to_html
# => "<h2 id='header'>header</h2>"

This is useful for using Maruku inside other programs.

If you want to create full HTML documents, use the #to_html_document method.

Error Management

Maruku has a real parser, so it warns you if something is wrong with the input. The default behaviour is to print a warning on standard error, and then try to continue.

This behavior can be customized with the :on_error option. For example:, :on_error => :raise)

This tells Maruku to raise an exception if it encounters a parsing error.

To change the error stream, use the :error_stream option:

errors = "Errors reported by Maruku:\n", :error_stream => errors)

You can pass in any object that supports the << method.

Command-line usage

Maruku comes with two command-line programs: maruku and marutex.

maruku converts Markdown to HTML:

$ maruku  # creates file.html

marutex converts Markdown to LaTeX, then calls pdflatex to transform the LaTeX to a PDF:

$ marutex  # creates file.tex and file.pdf

Code organization

The public interface is the Maruku class. Everything else is in the module MaRuKu.

Build Status

Build Status


Copyright (c) 2006 Andrea Censi. GPLv2 Licensed, see LICENSE for details.