Posts about Writing (old posts, page 2)

2007-04-10 23:13

Son of BartleBlog XIV: Moo

A new gadget: Mootools based menus.

It takes the same data format I used for the Yahoo UI menubar, and creates a dynamic, sliding, animated, pretty, works-on-lynx menu.

No screenshot because it makes no sense without the movement. You can see it at the top of the sidebar (click on the darker items, outside the links... that needs work).

And yes, that means this blog has, right now, two menus with exactly the same data in them. And on a non-JS browser both are fully expanded.

But that's just temporary ;-)

2007-04-08 20:22

Son of BartleBlog XIII: your blog software doesn't do this

The nerdiest feature of all time... simple SVN logs.

Here's the RST code:

.. svnlog::
  :limit: 3

And here is what it does:

System Message: ERROR/3 (<string>, line 14)

Unknown directive type "svnlog".

.. svnlog::
  :limit: 3

You can see the entries are nicely formatted. That's because this restructured text directive connects to your SVN server, retrieves the changelog, parses it, tries to process the individual entries as restructured text, and then formats and spits it out again.

I decided to add the recursive parsing because I tend to format everything I write as valid restructured text anyway. But that means I can include images, tables, files, and even other logs in my entries.

How is it useful? Well, I intend to have my projects' pages written using this. This way I don't need to keep a changelog.

Also, I bet the title is right ;-)

2007-04-08 18:20

Son of BartleBlog XII: post in mere seconds

It was pretty hard, but I finally managed to make bartleblog re-render only the necessary pages.

In fact, now my blog has a few less pages because some random stuff was generated in the past, and never got deleted.

There are still some bugs but, with this, it's a reasonably useful app.


  • Alternative comment system based on JS-Kit
  • Flickr photoset directive
  • Nicer Openomy tag directive
  • Flickr and Openomy uploading
  • Many config pages and wizards
  • Background rendering
  • Lots of UI love
  • FeedBurner support to automatically use their version of the RSS feeds

Other than that, it's pretty much feature-complete, or at least it has enough features a nerd can use it to post a blog just like this one, for whatever that's worth.

2007-04-05 14:37

Son of bartleblog XI: the highlight of the syntax

I had a few minutes waiting for yum to do its thing and added a couple of easy features:


The SilverCity-based code-block syntax highlighting directive was replaced with a version using Pygment which supports more languages and is (I think) nicer looking... and comes with several styles, as you can see above in the configuration dialog.

Other than that, I added support in the backend to:

  • Regenerate HTML from RST everywhere
  • Do the same only on items marked "dirty"
  • A model thingie that shows if there are posts or stories with RST errors
  • Some GUI love

I need to make the config dialog support more than one gadget at the same time, though ;-)

2007-04-04 11:01

Son of BartleBog X: Lots of small things are a big thing

  • I did the tag editor:

The "Guess Tags" button in the composer uses the "Magic words" defined for each tag to give you a starting set, which you can edit later. Still has a few implementation issues (thus the taglessness of this post) but it's almost there.

  • Using HTMLTidy I made all the HTML validate (as transitional, at least).
  • Using browsercam I made sure this page works on every decent browser (it looks bad on IE 4.0, and Netscape 6):

There is a nasty problem with IE and JavaScript, where if you have a <script> that does some specific things inside of a <div> it tends to give a weird "Operation aborted" dialog after showing part of the page, and then delete what you were seing. That is a known, confirmed bug, and has been there for three major versions already.

  • Added a feedBox widget that can display as a sidebar any feed that uses FeedBurner's BuzzBoost (see "Latest comments" on the sidebar).

I am now toying with using FeedBurner's API to (optionally) automatically publish all the RSS feeds BartleBlog generates there, thus making this kind of thing more transparent.

2007-04-03 19:06

Son of BartleBlog IX: Eating my own dog food

Even though it's not really ready, I am switching my blog to BartleBlog.

The idea is that I do blog. So I should be able to focus on what's needful for my own kind of blog. For example, right now, the idea of not being able to tag this post is driving me nuts.

2007-04-02 12:42

Son of bartleblog VIII: Some Qt love

Now that the backend is still iffy but generates a blog, I finally started showing some love to the UI.

Here's the brand new post editor:


The far-right two buttons should let you choose your flickr photo/openomy file respectively and add the link/thumbnail easily (the UI is not done yet).

The format to write is Restructured Text or HTML (non wysiwyg) but other things like Textile or wiki markup should be easy to add.

The main window uses a Qt model to create the tree with views (right now) by date, but with alternative organizations soon.

2007-03-30 08:41

Son of Bartlebog VII: the nuclear test site

A lot of new features going on, like openomy based file uploading and links that work like simple rst directives:

.. openomy:: my-file.ext

And you should get a link to the file, stored in the 1GB the openomy guys kindly provide.

Also, you can actually see how the test site looks at // (using the exact same data as this one).

I actually upload almost every change I do, so it breaks often ;-)

2007-03-29 18:43

Son of Bartleblog VI: The flickr directive

I added a Restructured Text directive that takes as argument the title of one of your (my) flickr pictures, like this:

.. flickr:: pa120071

And produces this:

Which is much nicer than my images have looked for a while.

It can still be improved, probably add a caption, link to image comments if available, etc.

The bad side is that if you don't have internet access the rendering fails.

2007-03-28 17:28

Son of bartleblog 5: Menus

Added a Yahoo! Ui menubar generator. It turns this:


Into this:


Or this if you are using links:


Or rather into this, which explains why it's necessary (consider this is a very simple menu!):

System Message: ERROR/3 (<string>, line 30)

Cannot find pygments lexer for language "HyperText"

.. code-block:: HyperText

    <script type="text/javascript">
    YAHOO.example.onMenuBarReady = function(p_oEvent)
        // Instantiate and render the menu bar

        var oMenuBar = new YAHOO.widget.MenuBar("None",
            {   autosubmenudisplay:true,


    // Initialize and render the menu bar when it is available in the DOM
    YAHOO.util.Event.onContentReady("None", YAHOO.example.onMenuBarReady);
            <div id="None" class="yuimenubar">
                <div class="bd">
                    <ul class="first-of-type">
                        <li class="yuimenubaritem first-of-type">a </li>
                        <li class="yuimenubaritem">b</li>
                        <li class="yuimenubaritem"> c
                            <div id="c" class="yuimenu">
                                <div class="bd">
                                        <li class="yuimenuitem"> 1</li>
                                        <li class="yuimenuitem"> 2
                                            <div id=" 2" class="yuimenu">
                                                <div class="bd">
                                                    <ul class="first-of-type">
                                        <li class="yuimenuitem">  x</li>
                                        <li class="yuimenuitem">  y</li>
                        <li class="yuimenubaritem">d</li>

Still some missing features, but a neat thingie already.

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