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I've been trying out different lightweight text markup languages such as org-mode and Markdown.

Before making a decision on which one to use, which of these languages are known to be directly convertable to the Microsoft Word *.docx format?

I know Pandoc can convert Markdown, reStructuredText, textile, HTML, DocBook, or LaTeX to *.docx, but are there any other notable mentions?

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All of them.

Or at least any that can be converted to HTML, which is probably all of them. To convert to HTML, look at what Github supports:

  • .markdown
  • .textile
  • .rdoc (Ruby documentation)
  • .org (org-mode)
  • .creole
  • .mediawiki
  • .rst (Python documentation)
  • .asciidoc
  • .pod

Github's converter program calls various Ruby libraries to do the conversion.

From HTML, you can convert to OOXML using Pandoc, or just open the HTML in MS Word.

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Thanks so much!!! I never considered using HTML as an intermediary. This is good, because now I can focus just on which markup I like, without worrying about whether it can be turned into *.docx. – hpy Aug 16 '12 at 4:18

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