A markup language identifies pieces of a document so that another application can do something with those pieces. All document creation tools have a markup language.
Markup has a long history. (This is dated, but still useful.) But one can understand markup by thinking about some markup languages that you are already familiar with.
All formatters need to distinguish the text to be printed from instructions about how to print
these instructions are called markup.
WordStar was one of the earlier ones. Since there was no graphical user interface at that time, it had to show you in text what it was doing with its markup, much as the UNIX text editors do.
In early days of text processing, some markup tools used to let you see and edit their markup code; Word and MacWrite usually didn't. The following image shows an example of how WordPerfect showed you the markup in the text.
WordPerfect was very good for text-centric documents and was thus embraced by folks creating legal documents. The ability to see and control the text markup was critical.
There have been a lot of markup tools brought to market over the years.
But Microsoft's Word soon became the dominant markup tool.
There are a lot of possibilities out there. LibreOffice Writer may eventually become a competitor to MSWord because it is based on XML and on the Open Document standard. It has many of the same features as MSWord. It may well be the best choice for many. But, for now, although not everyone likes it, MSWord is a very powerful tool.
Are they something more? Perhaps an object manipulator?
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