Website Meta Language

Website Meta Language (WML) [1] and Its associated command wmk [2] are together a free and extensible web designer’s off-line HTML generation toolkit for Unix , distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL v2). It works as an off-line content management system . It is written in ANSI C and Perl 5, built via a GNU Autoconf based source tree and runs out-of-the-box on all major Unix derivates.

WML consists of a control frontend driving up to nine backends in a sequential pass-oriented filtering scheme. Each backend provides a particular core language. WML adds ships with a set of include files that provide higher-level features.

WML’s nine backends are:

  • Pass 1: Source Reading and Include File Expansion (ipp)
  • Pass 2: HTML Macro Construct Expansion (mp4h)
  • Pass 3: Perl 5 Programming Construct Expansion (eperl)
  • Pass 4: M4 Macro Construct Expansion (gm4)
  • Pass 5: Diversion Filter (divert)
  • Pass 6: Character and String Substitution (asubst)
  • Pass 7: HTML Fixup (htmlfix)
  • Pass 8: Line Stripping and Output Fixup (htmlstrip)
  • Pass 9: Output Splitting and Final Writing (slice)

See also

  • Website template
  • haml


  1. Jump up^ “Using WML” . Archived from the original on 10 October 2016 . Retrieved 30 October 2016 .
  2. Jump up^ “WMK manpage” . Archived from the original on 4 March 2016 . Retrieved 30 October 2016 .

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