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Recipe Markup Language

It was (formerly known as DESSERT -- Document Encoding and Structuring Specification for Electronic Recipe Transfer) is an XML-based format for marking up recipes. The format was created in 2000 by the company FormatData.


The format provides detailed markup for defining ingredients, which facilitates automated conversions from one type of measurement to another. The markup language also provides for step-based instructions. Metadata can be added to a RecipeML document through the Dublin Core.

There are some software programs that read and write the RecipeML format. The most notable of these is Largo Recipes. The RecipeML license is fairly open.

This archive contains 10,000 recipes in Recipe Markup Language


RxOL uses a postfix notation to represent recipes.

On the website Cooking For Engineers you can see a beautiful graphical representation of a recipe tree which could be constructed from the RxOL tree or one could easily code the Microformat in the form of the tree mentioned in that site. You need to scroll down to the bottom of the main article just above the comments section.

REML: The Recipe Exchange Markup Language

REML on Sourceforge

REML is an XML schema that describes a file format for recipe exchange. On the sourceforge page Gary says: I might have developed against an existing markup languages, but RecipeML is mired in licensing problems, and CookML is written in German. And I had my own ideas about recipe exchange that could better support commercial uses, such as the development of restaurant menus and cookbooks. In any case, this is a viable XML-based format for exchanging food recipes, developed from scratch by Gary Gocek. If you have suggestions, please contact Gary.

RecipeBook XML

From RecipeBook XML RecipeBook XML is a markup language used to write recipes and cookbooks. It is simple and easy to learn, but offers some powerful features. Once a recipe is written in RecipeBook XML it can be reproduced in HTML, PDF, Rich Text formats all from the same source document.

The primary goal of RecipeBook XML is to allow people to create, store and share recipes in a variety of electronic formats. Consideration is also given to computer manipulation of the data contained within the recipes. More details are given below. Uses creative common's licence

Eat Drink Feel Good Markup Language

Here is an article. See also [1], [2]

MasterCook format

Text format: Example See Also:

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