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zodiac

SYNOPSIS

ZODIAC is a static website generator powered by sh and awk.

INSTALL

git clone git://github.com/nuex/zodiac.git

Edit the config.mk file to customize the install paths

sudo make install

USAGE

zod projectdir targetdir

A typical Zodiac project will look something like this:

site/
  index.md
  index.meta
  main.layout
  global.meta
  projects/
    project-1.md
    project-1.meta
    project-2.md
    project-2.meta
  cv.md
  cv.meta
  stylesheets/
    style.css

Meta

.meta files contain a key / value pair per line. A key and its value must be separated by a ": ". A metafile looks like this:

this: that
title: Contact
author: Me

Each page can have its own meta file. The only requirement is that the meta file is in the same directory as the page, has the same name as the page and has the .meta file extension.

The optional global.meta file contains data that is available to all of your site's pages, like a site title.

Page metadata will always override global metadata of the same key.

Templates

Templates come in two forms, page templates and layout templates. Metadata can be bound to templates by using the {{key}} notation in your pages and layout files.

Page templates can be either markdown files with an .md extension or plain HTML files with a .html extension.

The main.layout file wraps HTML content around a page template. A main.layout file could look something like this:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
  <head>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="/stylesheets/style.css" />
    <title>{{page_title}}</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <header>
      <h1><a href="/">{{site_title}}</a></h1>
    </header>
    <article>
      {{{yield}}}
    </article>
    <footer>
      <p>powered by static files, compiled by <a href="http://nu-ex.com/projects/zodiac">zodiac</a>.</p>
    </footer>
  </body>
</html>

{{{yield}}} is a special tag that renders the page content within the layout. {{{yield}}} can only be used in the main.layout file.

Helpers

The helpers.awk file is an awk script that can make custom data available to your templates. You also have access to the page and global data. Here is a peak at the script included in the examples folder:

{ helpers = "yes" }

function load_helpers() {
  # your custom data settings
  data["page_title"] = page_title()
}

# your custom functions
function page_title(  title) {
  if (data["title"]) {
    title = data["title"] " - "
  }
  title = title data["site_title"]
  return title
}

Just be sure to set the data array in the load_helpers() function at the top of the script to make your custom data available to the template.

FUTURE

  • multiple filters support
  • multiple layout support
  • mustache support
  • partials/snippets

CREDITS

zsw: for the introduction to parameter expansion and other shell scripting techniques

LICENSE

MIT

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