smu - a Simple Markup Language

smu is a very simple and minimal markup language. It is designed for use in wiki-like environments. smu makes it very easy to write your documents on the fly and convert them into HTML.

smu is capable of parsing very large documents. It scales just great as long as you avoid a huge amount of indents (this will be fixed in future releases of smu).


smu was started as a rewrite of markdown but became something more lightweight and consistent. The biggest difference between markdown and smu is that smu doesn't support reference style links

Inline pattern

There are several pattern you can use to highlight your text:


Creating titles in smu is very easy. There are two different syntax styles. The first is underlining:



This is very intuitive and self explaining. The resulting sourcecode looks like this:


Use the following prefixes if you don't like underlining:

# h1
## h2
### h3
#### h4
##### h5
###### h6


The simplest way to define a link is with simple <>.


You can do the same for E-Mail addresses:


If you want to define a label for the url, you have to use a different syntax

[smu - simple mark up](

The resulting HTML-Code

<a href="">smu - simple mark up</a></p>

To make a link to the location in the page, use


which results in

<a href="#myheader" id="myheader">myheader</a>


Defining lists is very straightforward:

* Item 1
* Item 2
* Item 3


<li>Item 1</li>
<li>Item 2</li>
<li>Item 3</li>

Defining ordered lists is also very easy:

1. Item 1
2. Item 2
3. Item 3

It is possible to use any leading number you want. So if you don't want to keep your list synchronised, you simple can use any number. In this case it's recommended to use 0., but it isn't mandatory.

0. Item 1
0. Item 2
0. Item 3

Both examples will cause the same result. Even this is possible:

1000. Item 1
432.  Item 2
0.    Item 3

This will be the result in these example:

<li>Item 1</li>
<li>Item 2</li>
<li>Item 3</li>

Code & Blockquote

Use the > as a line prefix for defining blockquotes. Blockquotes are interpreted as well. This makes it possible to embed links, headings and even other quotes into a quote:

> Hello
> This is a quote with a [link](


This is a quote with a <a href="">link</a></p>

You can define block code with a leading Tab or with 3 leading spaces, too)


<pre><code>, too)

Please note that you can't use HTML or smu syntax in a code block.

Other interesting stuff

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