Why not just use Textile (http://www.textism/textile)?  You can use
RedCloth to convert it to HTML.

On Tue, 26 Oct 2004 00:49:06 +0900, Its Me <itsme213 / hotmail.com> wrote:
> "James Britt" <jamesUNDERBARb / neurogami.com> wrote
> > Why not use a document markup language rather than a data markup language?
> 
> Any you would specifically suggest? I find XML (and Docbook etc.) painful in
> a regular text editor, and have not found any reasonable wsywig-ish
> alternatives.
> 
>