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Summary is a plugin for Pelican, a static site generator written in Python.

Summary allows easy, variable length summaries directly embedded into the body of your articles.


The easiest way to install Summary is through the use of pip. This will also install the required dependencies automatically.

pip install minchin.pelican.plugins.summary

Then, in your file, add Summary to your list of plugins:

            # ...
            # ...

You may also need to configure the summary start and end markers (see Configuration below).


Summary depends on (and is really only useful with) Pelican. This can be manually installed with pip:

pip install pelican

Configuration and Usage

This plugin introduces two new settings: SUMMARY_BEGIN_MARKER and SUMMARY_END_MARKER: strings which can be placed directly into an article to mark the beginning and end of a summary. When found, the standard SUMMARY_MAX_LENGTH setting will be ignored. The markers themselves will also be removed from your articles before they are published. The default values are <!-- PELICAN_BEGIN_SUMMARY --> and <!-- PELICAN_END_SUMMARY -->.

For example:

Title: My super title
Date: 2010-12-03 10:20
Tags: thats, awesome
Category: yeah
Slug: my-super-post
Author: Alexis Metaireau

This is the content of my super blog post.
and this content occurs after the summary.

Here, the summary is taken to be the first line of the post. Because no beginning marker was found, it starts at the top of the body. It is possible to leave out the end marker instead, in which case the summary will start at the beginning marker and continue to the end of the body.

If no beginning or end marker is found, and if SUMMARY_USE_FIRST_PARAGRAPH is enabled in the settings, the summary will be the first paragraph of the post.

The plugin also sets a has_summary attribute on every article. It is True for articles with an explicitly-defined summary, and False otherwise. (It is also False for an article truncated by SUMMARY_MAX_LENGTH.) Your templates can use this e.g. to add a link to the full text at the end of the summary.

reST example

Inserting the markers into a reStructuredText document makes use of the comment directive, because raw HTML is automatically escaped. The reST equivalent of the above Markdown example looks like this:

My super title

:date: 2010-12-03 10:20
:tags: thats, awesome
:category: yeah
:slug: my-super-post
:author: Alexis Metaireau

This is the content of my super blog post.


and this content occurs after the summary.


Original plugin from the Pelican-Plugins repo.


The plugin code is assumed to be under the AGPLv3 license (this is the license of the Pelican-Plugins repo).


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