Dear Marcin and everybody,

I had a similar requirement for "simplest HTML" and have documented how I 
tackled this under

In summary, it is
- a few settings in init.el:
  + org-html-text-markup-alist similar to below
  + setting org-export-allow-bind-keywords to t
- seeting quite some org variables via in-buffer settings
- elisp to steer a final XSLT transformation of the generated HTML

I had coded a derived export back-end (for Emacs 25.1) and used it quite for 
some time. When I moved to Emacs 27.2, the derived back-end did not work any 
more, hence I changed to above aproach.

Best regards

Am 2023-05-30 um 20:48 schrieb Marcin Borkowski:

On 2023-05-30, at 17:32, Max Nikulin <> wrote:

On 30/05/2023 10:47, Marcin Borkowski wrote:
since I'm going to
call my exporting function in a loop over many elements.  I tried
(org-export-with-backend 'html (org-element-at-point (point)))

There is `org-export-string-as', but likely it is not suitable for
you. My guess is that you are going to export headings (blog posts) to
separate html files.

Correct, dear Holmes. ;-)

This is /italic/.
can become e.g.
This is <span class="emphasize">italic</span>.

I am curious whether <em> is more friendly to screen readers

Good point.  You're right, I'll probably go with `<em>' then.  (The
reason I wanted `<span>' was that I wan't somewhat atypical styling,
namely letterspace.  But of course css magic can make `<em>' do this,

I'm considering writing a custom (derived) export backend, but maybe
that is an overkill?  Any ideas?

I just have noticed

(defcustom org-html-text-markup-alist
   '((bold . "<b>%s</b>")
     (code . "<code>%s</code>")
     (italic . "<i>%s</i>")
     (strike-through . "<del>%s</del>")
     (underline . "<span class=\"underline\">%s</span>")
     (verbatim . "<code>%s</code>"))
   "Alist of HTML expressions to convert text markup.

You may look into ox-html customizations such as
(:html-doctype "HTML_DOCTYPE" nil org-html-doctype)
(:html-html5-fancy nil "html5-fancy" org-html-html5-fancy)

I have never tried ox-slimhtml:
Laszlo Elo. ox-slimhtml. Mon, 14 Dec 2020 00:48:27

Ah, that looks interesting, too.


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