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aft: "free form" document preparation system
aft - "free form" document preparation system
aft [--verbose] [--autonumber] [--output=file | --output=-]
[--type=output-type] infile ..
AFT is a nearly free format documentation system which can be typed in
using any editor or wordprocessor that supports tabs or hard spaces
(column-based spaces whose number doesn't shrink or grow based on
formatting). By using AFT, you are no longer constrained to one
wordprocessing file standard (such as Microsoft Word), nor do you have
to enter a plethora of weird syntactical incantations of an embedded
mark up language (such as LaTeX or HTML).
Unlike other mark up languages, AFT is designed to parse and recognize
patterns rather than formal commands. That is why there is no single
escape or command sequence that tells AFT what to do. In this regard,
AFT will process almost anything you throw at it.
An AFT document is easily converted into such popular formats as HTML,
RTF and LaTeX. Because there are few commands, learning to write a
document in AFT requires little effort. This doesn't mean that AFT is
not powerful. In fact, this very document was conceived and written
Running AFT is as simple as typing:
Generate a lot of commentary. By default, AFT will just silently
process files (unless errors occur). Using this option causes
AFT to keep you informed about what it is doing.
This switch tells AFT to automatically number your
This tells AFT where to send its processed output. You can
supply a filename (file) or - which tells AFT to write to your
standard output (your display or stdout).
This tells AFT what type of output to do. For example HTML
output is used for html and DocBook output is used for docbook.
As a side effect, this will also specify the file name extension
for the output file if the --output option isn't specified.
One or more AFT documents to be processed.