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ReStructuredText to XAML for WPF and Silverlight / Moonlight

Project description

A XAML writer from reStructured Text source.

The goal is to be able to write out FlowDocument XAML from ReST documents for use in WPF and Silverlight / Moonlight projects.

It includes a Pygments formatter for outputting a syntax highlighted XAML representation of source code.

rst2xaml itself runs under CPython, but the generated XAML is intended for use from IronPython (or any other .NET language). There is an example IronPython script for displaying the generated XAML using a WPF FlowDocumentReader.


rst2xaml depends on:

Tested with Python 2.5 and 2.6, but probably works fine under Python 2.4.

The Silverlight output is intended to work with Moonlight (the equivalent of Silverlight 2) and Silverlight 3. Let me know if there are any problems.

Current status

The docutils writer for both FlowDocument and Silverlight XAML can currently handle the following markup features:

  • title and headings

  • paragraphs

  • bold

  • italics

  • literal blocks

  • inline literals

  • line blocks

  • bullet lists

  • enumerated lists

  • blockquotes

  • the raw:: xaml directive

  • the pygments code-block directive

In addition the FlowDocument output can handle superscript, although that only works for fonts that support it.

Nested enumerated lists don’t yet work correctly for either FlowDocument or Silverlight output.


There are three scripts that come with rst2xaml:

python source.txt output.xaml
python silverlight-source.txt silverlight-output.xaml
ipy.exe output.xaml

If is run without a command line argument it will open a file dialog for you to choose a xaml file to display.


The tests use the discover module, which is included in the repository for convenience. You run the tests with:



The development version of rst2xaml is hosted on a google project page:


2009/08/29 Version 0.1.1

Bottom margin on list items increased.

Addition of xclass option for the Silverlight XAML, for use from Try Python.

2009/08/20 Version 0.1.0

Initial release.

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