I wanted to do some writing this afternoon, so the yak I shaved instead was writing a tool to wire up a TeX-inspired markup language for producing HTML and a Lua interpreter to create a little easily-extensible markup language.

If I were using [La]TeX itself, I could do this with built-in macro facilities, but the goal here is producing HTML. I suppose I could use something like M4 or produce Pandoc, but that sounded… worse, and I like the ergonomics of this.

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Plus, using Lua here makes it easy to do some pleasant things, like persisting state across macro calls or doing simple logic (which can be… nightmarish in something like TeX.)

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