[NTG-context] reStructuredText module

Philipp Gesang philipp.gesang at alumni.uni-heidelberg.de
Tue Mar 12 01:31:16 CET 2013

Hi Bill.

···<date: 2013-03-11, Monday>···<from: Bill Meahan>···

> Am I correct in thinking the rst module does not process the "class"
> and "container" directives?

When I wrote the module I was working with the reST spec [0] and
the syntax reference [1]. It’s been a while, but afair I
implemented the spec completely (with the limitations described
in the manual). It does not, to my knowledge, define the
directives you mention and I don’t know what they’re supposed to

(Btw. like much of the spec, “container” and “class” sound
suspiciously HTML-specific. If that is true, they address one
output markup which happens to be -- not Context! I might find
the time to add a simple wrapper for the container thingy (to
boxes or framed?). However, I doubt that it’s possible to
replicate the behavior of HTML divs + CSS without a larger effort
[2]. In this case it might be preferable to have docutils
generate some XML and directly typeset the result with Context.)

Best regards

[0] http://docutils.sourceforge.net/docs/ref/rst/restructuredtext.html
[1] http://docutils.sourceforge.net/docs/user/rst/quickref.html
[2] Also, I have reservations against such a step. My main reason
    for choosing reST over its competitors like md or wikitext is
    actually that it does not allow for inline HTML.

> I looked through the Lua source and didn't see anyplace where these
> directives are processed although I will be the first to admit I
> don't know much about Lua. I retired from software development
> before Lua became popular and never bothered to learn it. Assembler,
> FORTRAN, C, SQL, PL/SQL, Perl.... I know or knew, Lua I do not. :)
> I use these directives heavily and pandoc ignores them so I'm
> beginning to think I have a problem generating EPUB + ConTeXt +
> HTML(5) versions of the same document from common rst source.
> Thanks!  All information and suggestions welcome.
> -- 
> Bill Meahan
> Westland, Michigan USA
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