I'm afraid this is the first I've heard of a "txt" flavoured Blosxom. Try dropping the "/+txt" bit from the end of the URL.
There’s though one common annoyance with these formats compared to writing plain HTML…
They need to be rendered (i.e. more or less compiled) before you can view your outpourings rendered, e.g. in the web browser. So the workflow usually is:
But as with most simple GUI editors, I miss there many of the advanced editing commands possible with Emacs.
Then there is the Markdown Mode
for Emacs (part of Debian’s emacs-goodies-el package), where
you can get a “preview” by pressing
C-c C-c p. But for
some reason this takes several seconds, opens a new buffer
and window with the rendered HTML code and then starts
(hardcoded) Firefox (which is not my preferred web browser). And if you do that a
second time without closing Firefox first, it won’t just reload the
file but will open a new tab. You might think that just hitting reload
should suffice. But no, the new tab has a different file name, so
reload doesn’t help. Additionally it may not use my preferred Markdown
Well, I probably could fix all those issues with Markdown Mode, it’s only Emacs Lisp. Heck, the called command is even configurable. But fixing at least four issues to fix one workflow annoyance? Maybe some other time, but not as long there are other nice choices…
So everytime you save the currently edited file, you immediately want to rerender the same HTML file from it. This can be easily automated by using Linux’ inotify kernel subsystem which notices changes to the filesystem, and reports those to applications which ask for it.
One such tool is
inotifywait which can either output all
or just specific events, or just exit if the first requested event
occurs. With the latter it’s easy to write a while loop on the
commandline which regenerates a file after every write access. I use
either Pandoc or Asciidoc for that since both generate full HTML pages
including header and footer, but you can use that also with Markdown
to render just the HTML body. Most browsers render it correctly
while inotifywait -q -e modify index.md; do pandoc -s -f markdown -t html -o index.html index.md; done while inotifywait -q -e modify index.txt; do asciidoc index.txt; done while inotifywait -q -e modify index.md; do markdown index.md > index.html; done
This solution is even editor- and build-system-agnostic (But not operating-system-agnostic.)
The ruby-written mdpress is a special case of the previous case. It’s
a commandline tool to convert Markdown into Impress.js based slide
shows and it has an option named
--automatic which causes
it to keep running and automatically update the presentation as soon
as changes are made to the Markdown file.
mdpress is not yet in Debian, but there’s an ITP for it and Impress.js itself recently entered Debian as libjs-impress. Nevertheless, two dependencies (highlight.js, ITP‘ed, ruby-launchy, ITP‘ed) are still missing in Debian.