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README

Homepage:
    http://www.steve.org.uk/Software/chronicle/

Mercurial Repository:
    http://chronicle.repository.steve.org.uk/

Sample Output:
    http://www.steve.org.uk/Software/chronicle/demo/

Real World Use:
    http://blog.steve.org.uk/



The chronicle blog compiler
---------------------------

  Chronicle is a tool which will convert a directory of simple
 text files into a static HTML weblog, (or blog if you prefer).

  The system is intentionally simple, but it does support:

  * Template based output.
  * Support for RSS feeds.
  * Support for tagged entries.
  * Support for forward-looking cross references.
  * Optional support for comments.




Installation
------------

  It is possible to run the software without installing it, just
 by placing blog entries in the ./blog directory and running
 ./bin/chronicle.

  However it is recommended you install the software system-wide
 by running "make install" as root.

  This will give you:

    /usr/share/chronicle             <-  The theme directories.
    /usr/bin/chronicle               <-  The main binary.
    /usr/bin/chronicle-entry-filter  <-  The script to convert input entries.
    /usr/bin/chronicle-spooler       <-  A simple helper.
    /etc/chroniclerc                 <-  The global configuration file.

  If you wish to customise the templates it is recommended you
 make a copy of them with a new name, then edit that copy.  This
 will prevent changes from being overwritten on upgrade.

  The configuration file may be copied to ~/.chroniclerc for
 per-user configuration.



Blog Format
-----------

  The blog format is very simple.  Each file should start like this:

  /--
   title:  The title of my post
   date: 12 August 2007
   tags: foo, bar, baz

   The text of the actual entry goes here.

   However much there is of it.
  \--


  The entry itself is prefixed by a small header, consisting of several
 pseudo-header fieilds.  The header _MUST_ be separated from the body by
 at least a single empty line.

  Header values which are unknown are ignored, and no part of the header is
 included in the output which is generated.

  The following header values are recognised:

Title:
   This holds the name of the post.  ("Subject:" may be used as a synonym.)
   If neither "Title" or "Subject" are present the filename itself is
 used.


Date:
   The date this entry was created.  If not present the creation time
 of the file is used.


Publish:
  If you make use of the spooler, to automatically post pre-written entries
 on particular days, this field will specify when an entry is made live.


Tags:
   If any tags are present they will be used to categorise the entry.


Xrefs:
   Optional comma seaparated list of filenames that this entry links to.
 For example, consider these two entries, named one.txt and two.txt:

  /-- one.txt
   title: The great debate
   date: 10 March 2010
   tags: politics

   Our local candidate recently....
  \--

  /-- two.txt
   title: The debate continues
   date: 15 March 2010
   tags: politics
   xrefs: one.txt

   As mentioned in <a href="http://example.com/The_great_debate.html">
   my last entry</a>, our local candidate...
  \--

   This will add a link to two.txt to the bottom of one.txt, creating
   a convenient chain of links for readers to see a logical thread of
   posts, and allowing the author to update old popular posts with
   new thoughts without editing them.


Entry Cutting
-------------

  If you wish you may truncate a long entry via the special <cut> tag,
 for example:.


/--------------------------\
This is a line of text
<cut>This is hidden
So is this
</cut>
This is displayed.
\==========================/


  Or, with specific text:

/-------------------------------------------------\
This is a line of text
<cut text="Click to read more...">This is hidden
So is this
</cut>
This is displayed.
\=================================================/



Comment Support
---------------

  The system supports the submission of user-supplied comments upon
 posts, for more details please see the included file COMMENTS.



Bugs?
-----

  Please report bugs to the author, where they will be fixed as
 quickly as possible.


Steve
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