Textile Syntax

The WikiText editor supports most standard Textile markup. In addition some markup extensions are supported. See the markup ‘cheat-sheet’ for details (press F1 in the editor).

Textile Syntax Tips


Textile markup is sensitive to whitespace. For example, a line that starts with 'h1.' is only a heading if the 'h1.' is immediately followed by a space character. This can bite you if you’re not careful!

A less obvious example of the same problem is with 'bc.' Usually content in a ‘block code’ section is on the line following the 'bc.' If the 'bc.' is not immediately followed by a space character before the end of the line, then the area is simply considered a normal paragraph.

HTML Literals

Textile markup can handle literal HTML. For example, the following is valid Textile:

some <b>bold text</b> here

Care must be taken with literal HTML: the start tag must be completed on one line, and the end tag must be completed on one line. The following is an example of embedded HTML that won’t work with Textile:

here is <a
href="#">a bad example</a>

The above example can be fixed by moving the href up on to the same line as the <a portion:

here is <a href="#">a working example</a>

Images and DocBook

DocBook is quite flexible about how images are handled. This section discusses how DocBook rendering can be altered with the use of specific markup.

Inline Images v.s. Block Images

When handling images in a conversion of Textile markup to DocBook markup, there are several choices for the resulting DocBook markup. By default images are converted as follows:


results in:

<mediaobject><imageobject><imagedata fileref="images/foo.png"/></imageobject></mediaobject>

<mediaobject/> is useful for some cases, however there are times when <inlinemediaobject/> should be used instead. To achieve this result, add the inline class to your image as follows:


The conversion will then result in the following:

<inlinemediaobject><imageobject><imagedata fileref="images/foo.png"/></imageobject></inlinemediaobject>

Image Scaling

DocBook supports image scaling with the scale attribute. For example:

<imagedata fileref="images/foo.png" scale="80"/>

To achieve this effect with Textile markup use syntax as follows:


More information about image scaling in DocBook is available at imagedata: Scaling.

Image Size

Image size can be specified in DocBook using width and depth attributes for width and height, respectively:

<imagedata fileref="images/foo.png" width="32px" height="64px"/>

This is achieved with Textile markup as follows:


Extended Blocks

Textile extended blocks (starting with bc.., pre.. and bq..) are useful for blocks that may have multiple whitespace lines. Extended blocks must be terminated by an explicit Textile block (such as p.). For example:

 a block code section has started

 and continues

 p. a paragraph starts

Textile Extensions

Mylyn WikiText adds the following extensions to Textile:


This document was written in Textile markup. The original source code for this document is available here

Textile Reference

Textile syntax and references can be found here: