My path to abandonment began when I built a real estate management interface on top of Textpattern. It was an interesting experience to say the least. The system is built to provide clear methods like
graf() which I'm sure you would guess is a way to display an HTML paragraph element...
And of course, for your developing delight there are other methods like
aLink(). I'll leave it to you to guess what features they implement. My favorite is listed in there too.
I am glad, however, that in the very unfortunate event where I might need to use Textpattern again it'll be much more accessible to track other forks and branches. Cheers to the Textpattern community, from a thankful but recovering user.