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AsciiEDoc - EDoc extension for generating HTML or Github-flavored Markdown from AsciiDoc sources

Copyright (c) 2011-2016 by Joseph Wayne Norton

Authors: Joseph Wayne Norton (

AsciiEdoc is an Erlang application that integrates AsciiDoc with EDoc or EDoc with EDown. This may sound a little crazy at first but the primary reasons are:

  • Dislike EDoc's primitive wiki support.

  • Really dislike having to use XHTML for EDoc purposes.

  • Not crazy about Markdown either. Markdown is helpful only in one sense - GitHub integration.

  • AsciiDoc is simple, easy to use, friendly to humans, and yet expressive "enough" to produce high-quality documentation.

This documentation flow is a work-in-progress and the error reporting is fragile when something breaks. Nevertheless, this documentation flow may be of interest to others.

For sample AsciiDoc-annotated overview.edoc and Erlang source files, see UBF and UBF-related repositories on GitHub ( for details.

This repository is experimental in nature - use at your own risk and please contribute if you find AsciiEDoc useful.

Quick Start Recipe

To download, build, and test the asciiedoc application in one shot, please follow this recipe:

$ mkdir working-directory-name
$ cd working-directory-name
$ git clone asciiedoc
$ cd asciiedoc
$ make deps clean compile doc


Where should I start?

This README is the only bit of documentation right now.

What is EDoc?

EDoc is the Erlang program documentation generator. Inspired by the Javadoc tool for the Java programming language, EDoc is adapted to the conventions of the Erlang world, and has several features not found in Javadoc.

See for further details.

What is EDown?

EDown is an Erlang application that generates "More-or-less readable" Markdown from Erlang program documentation.

See for further details.

What is AsciiDoc?

AsciiDoc is a text document format for writing notes, documentation, articles, books, ebooks, slideshows, web pages, man pages and blogs. AsciiDoc files can be translated to many formats including HTML, PDF, EPUB, man page.

AsciiDoc is highly configurable: both the AsciiDoc source file syntax and the backend output markups (which can be almost any type of SGML/XML markup) can be customized and extended by the user.

AsciiDoc is free software and is licenced under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2).

See for further details.