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The Ma_Sys.ma Note File Format

Introduction

Originally, the file extension .ma was used for a variety of different things which resulted in the file type being marked as obsolete for being useless.

Still, a new use for the extension was created when the Ma_Sys.ma Note File Format was defined: The note file format was the Ma_Sys.ma format for storing textual information intended to be read by humans before it was superseded when d5man/format(32) was invented. Some of the syntactical aspects of the Ma_Sys.ma Note Format have been re-used for d5man.

The new use for the .ma extension was also the first time, an own vim(36) syntax highlighter was created by the Ma_Sys.ma.

Description

Basically, a Ma_Sys.ma note file looked as follows

========================================================
 Header with the normal copyright data and program name
--------------------------------------------------------
 Additional creation data if available
========================================================

Section
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Text and lists etc.

Lists were formatted just like with D5Man, except the syntax was a lot less strict and description lists were not properly recognized. All other syntactical elements were undefined (as the format needed only to be read by humans).


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