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I have a quite broad question that I don't know where I should ask.

I'll try to explain from a very general perspective: I want to put text into some structure (like json) and generate from that something that can be converted into a handful of languages (like html, markdown or latex, I would like not to constrain that yet) so that from those languages something readable can be generated in different formats (pdf, docx, a webpage, a wiki site). The original structure should be readable and play well with github too.

The question is how to structure that information/text so that it fits to be easily converted to other formats, read by humans and checked diffs (branches, etc.) in Github.

It's a usability question that involves not only languages and programming but also technologies, usability and much more. I'm not sure whether stackoverflow is broad enough or I should go somewhere else (or nowhere else).

I tried to summarize the question, I can add more details if needed (sorry if there are too many now). Thank you.

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Well, what's the question? All you have here is an "I want". – Mat Mar 26 '13 at 19:09
The question is which structure/language/technology fits better the purpose. At this moment I'm thinking about Javascript objects written according to CoffeeScript. But there is a long way from that to LaTeX or Markdown. (PD: added now) – Trylks Mar 26 '13 at 19:22
Try asking your question on programmers.stackexchange.com, but make sure it's specific enough to be answerable. If you're not sure, ask the duck first. – Robert Harvey Mar 26 '13 at 19:30
To answer your question: Use XML – Sam I am Mar 26 '13 at 19:30
... and parse with regexen. Now you've got 42 problems. – Mat Mar 26 '13 at 19:31
@Matt I thought it was 100 – Some Helpful Commenter Mar 26 '13 at 19:33
@SomeHelpfulCommenter That isn`t where that comes from. The original was "now they have two problems". – Asad Saeeduddin Mar 26 '13 at 19:34
@Asad actually Jamie Zawinski repurposed an older quote. – Some Helpful Commenter Mar 26 '13 at 19:46

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Your question still isn't entirely clear to me, but I think Programmers might be the right site for it.

Before you post, I suggest you try to explain your question to someone who hasn't been trying to solve this problem for a while first and see if it's clear enough. If not, maybe add an example or two.

Note that straight up "what language should I use" questions are off-topic pretty much everywhere on Stack Exchange. But, I can see a data format design/choice question being potentially well-received if it's clear and specific enough.

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@RobertHarvey I talk to a dust mite myself. – Adam Lear Mar 26 '13 at 19:36
@RobertHarvey I personally have found that beginning to write a question for SO is a very good "ask the duck" exercise. – Sam I am Mar 26 '13 at 19:36
Thank you, I'm not sure whether this makes much sense but... Context: I am thinking about using JSON, possibly using the syntax of CoffeeScript, which may be slightly more human readable, so I can make a guess about a possible answer and to some extent a comparison about this answer and other plausible answers. Question: Do you think it may make sense to create it as a wiki post and let better answers or additional considerations emerge through wiki collaboration? Or should I just post the question and hope for something better than my current guess? – Trylks Mar 29 '13 at 0:33
I tried already hopefully I didn't do something horrible. Thank you again. – Trylks Mar 30 '13 at 22:09
@Trylks Good luck. :) – Adam Lear Mar 30 '13 at 23:16

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