ASCII export produces a simple and very readable version of an Org mode file, containing only plain ASCII. Latin-1 and UTF-8 export augment the file with special characters and symbols available in these encodings.
EXPORT_FILE_NAMEproperty, that name will be used for the export.
In the exported version, the first 3 outline levels will become headlines, defining a general document structure. Additional levels will be exported as itemized lists. If you want that transition to occur at a different level, specify it with a prefix argument. For example,
C-1 C-c C-e a
creates only top level headlines and exports the rest as items. When headlines are converted to items, the indentation of the text following the headline is changed to fit nicely under the item. This is done with the assumption that the first body line indicates the base indentation of the body text. Any indentation larger than this is adjusted to preserve the layout relative to the first line. Should there be lines with less indentation than the first one, these are left alone.
Links will be exported in a footnote-like style, with the descriptive part in
the text and the link in a note before the next heading. See the variable
org-export-ascii-links-to-notes for details and other options.