As several projects (JDF, CDI, Arquillian, etc) move more towards using
lightweight markup languages for documentation, I see a real opportunity in
JBossTools to provide an AsciiDoc (and perhaps Markdown) editor and preview
pane, very similar to how the HTML editor works. (In fact, personally, I
see more value in this tool than the HTML editor).
The features I'd like to see are:
* syntax highlighting
* syntax assistance and/or templates
* preview pane (split or as separate tab)
It may also be interesting to have a view which can help layout text-based
diagrams. See AsciiFlow (http://asciiflow.com
) to get the idea. Text-based
diagramming can save developers a lot of time.
Although AsciiDoc is written in Python, it can be invoked in Java through
Jython . There is also effort underway to create a Ruby port, which
would enable it to be called via JRuby .
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