Dear all,

I'm pleased to announce that the new version (0.6.1) of the Research Articles in Simplified HTML (RASH) format has been made available few weeks ago, together with important additions to the RASH Framework. As usual, the whole thing is available at


If you are hearing about it for the first time, RASH is a markup language that restricts the use of HTML elements to only 32 elements for writing academic research articles. It is possible to include also RDF statements as RDFa, Turtle, JSON-LD and RDF/XML triples. In addition, it uses the the new Digital Publishing WAI-ARIA Module 1.0 Candidate Recommendation [1] for specifying accessible structural semantics to the various document parts. An introductory paper (submitted to PeerJ CS and currently under revision) about the whole project can be read at 


while its documentation is also available online [2].

The RASH Framework, i.e. the set of tools that come with RASH for facilitating the reading/writing/conversion of scholarly documents in HTML, includes now two amazing new applications:

- the DOCX to RASH converter (DOCX2RASH) [3], which is a tool that allows one to convert Microsoft Word documents written by means of basic styles (as described in [4]) into RASH documents;

- the RASH Javascript Editor (RAJE) [5], which is a multiplatform WYSIWYG word processor for creating and modifying RASH documents natively, which allows one to interact with GitHub for storing the documents and sharing them with other researchers.

These tools accompany the other existing ones for checking the validity of RASH documents, visualising RASH documents on browsers with different layouts, for converting RASH documents into LaTeX and ODT files into RASH, and for automatically annotate RASH elements with their actual (structural) semantics according to the Document Components Ontology (DoCO, http://www.sparontologies.net/ontologies/doco).

We are currently running a usability test with RAJE for understanding how to improve the tool. If you would like to help us by participating to the test, please go to 


and start the test!

Of course, this work could not be possible without the support and help of great people [6] who implemented several aspects of the RASH Framework.

Please don't hesitate to contact me (email: essepuntato@gmail.com) for comments, suggestions, and further questions.

Have a nice day :-)


# References

1. https://www.w3.org/TR/dpub-aria-1.0/
2. https://rawgit.com/essepuntato/rash/master/documentation/index.html
3. https://github.com/essepuntato/rash/blob/master/tools/docx2rash/
4. https://rawgit.com/essepuntato/rash/master/documentation/rash-in-docx.docx
5. https://github.com/essepuntato/rash/blob/master/tools/RAJE/
6. https://github.com/essepuntato/rash/graphs/contributors

Silvio Peroni, Ph.D.
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Bologna, Bologna (Italy)
Tel: +39 051 2095393
E-mail: silvio.peroni@unibo.it
Web: http://www.essepuntato.it
Twitter: essepuntato

Received on Monday, 3 April 2017 10:54:37 UTC