Companion piece to academic writing workflow, wherein I will mention how to make plaintext lifestyle choices available to non-academics, i.e.
- people who don’t live inside text editors.
- who don’t need equation support.
- who don’t need citation support.
How hard can it be?
gitbook is a markdown website GUI and publishing toolchain
classeur is also one, but focuses even on standard blogs not just nerd websites
“Prose provides a beautifully simple content authoring environment for CMS-free websites. It’s a web-based interface for managing content on GitHub. Use it to create, edit, and delete files, and save your changes directly to GitHub. Host your website on GitHub Pages for free, or set up your own GitHub webhook server.”
livereload integrates several tools, including a GUI, for rendering various blogs on demand. Semi-nerd, semi- public.
caddy is a slick web-server which somehow manages to combine minimalism with rendering blogs.
Gitit is a wiki backed by a git, darcs, or mercurial filestore. Pages and uploaded files can be modified either directly via the VCS’s command-line tools or through the wiki’s web interface. Pandoc is used for markup processing, so pages may be written in (extended) markdown, reStructuredText, LaTeX, HTML, or literate Haskell, and exported in ten different formats, including LaTeX, ConTeXt, DocBook, RTF, OpenOffice ODT, and MediaWiki markup.
The few hundred other static site generators.
Preview tools make it all nicer.
- marked is cheap OSX editor…
- … inspired by notational velocity, specifically nvALT, which has its own noteworthy features, like high tech search.
- Atom has a built-in markdown preview
- mou has an incredible design and is cheap
- and (free! opensource! mou-like design): Macdown
- livereload turns any browser into a preview tool.
Draft, if the offline mode works, might even do all this with a nice UI.
Other things to audit for UI goodness: