Welcome to Acrylamid
- don't try the master branch unless you are very sure about the not yet documented changes.
- PyPi releases (0.7.x) do not work with Python 3.3+ due dependency pinning. The upcoming 0.8 release will drop support for 3.2, but fully supports 3.3 and higher.
- yes, the name will change (still searching for a good name) and a transition from "static blog generator" to "static site generator" is already on my todo list.
- it is really fast due incremental builds
- support for Jinja2 and Mako templates
- many Markdown extensions and custom reStructuredText directives
- MathML, enhanced typography and hyphenation using soft-hyphens
Oh, and it can also generate a static blog with articles, static pages, tags, RSS/Atom feeds (also per tag), article listing and a sitemap.
Why the name “Acrylamid”?
I'm studying bioinformatics and I was experimenting with Acrylamide at this time. I'm really bad at naming. If you have a better name, please tell me! Two requirements: reasonably speakable and tab-completion after 3 characters.
With Acrylamid you can write your weblog entries with your editor of choice in Markdown, reStructuredText or textile. With several content filters you can pimp your HTML (typography, math, hyphenation). Acrylamid provides a very sophisticated CLI and integrates perfectly with any DVCes. It generates completely static HTML you can host everywhere.
supported markup languages
- Markdown and additional extensions (support for MathML, deletion/insertion, sub- and supscript, syntax highlighting …)
- reStructuredText with directives for syntax highlighting and youtube video embedding
- textile, discount, all dialects supported by pandoc and plain HTML
You miss one? Extend Acrylamid in less than 30 LoC!
- support for Jinja2 and Mako directly in postings (before they get processed)
- typography (and smartypants)
- TeX hyphenation
- summarize ability
- acronym detection that automatically replace acronyms and abbreviations
- liquid plugins ported from Octopress
- you like the YAML front matter from Jekyll or nanoc? First choice in Acrylamid!
- coming from Pelican? Acrylamid has also support for metadata in the native format of Markdown, reStructuredText and even Pandoc.
- support for translations (oh, and did I mention the language dependend hyphenation feature?).
- a few HTML5 themes, see Theming.
- internal webserver with automatic compiling when something has changed.
- assets management, including LESS and SASS conversion.
- uni-directional PingBack support.
- static site search.
what is missing
easy_install -U acrylamid
This installs Acrylamid with Jinja2 as templating engine. For Mako use
easy_install -U acrylamid[mako]. This installs two additional but not
translitcodec. To get a list of
all supported modules, head over to additional supported modules.
If you rather use non-ascii characters, you're better off with:
easy_install -U acrylamid python-magic unidecode
Initialize the base structure, edit conf.py and layouts/ and compile with:
$ acrylamid init myblog # --mako, defaults to --jinja2 create myblog/conf.py ... $ cd myblog/ $ acrylamid compile && acrylamid view create [0.05s] output/articles/index.html create [0.37s] output/2012/die-verwandlung/index.html create [0.00s] output/index.html create [0.00s] output/tag/die-verwandlung/index.html create [0.00s] output/tag/franz-kafka/index.html create [0.03s] output/atom/index.html create [0.04s] output/rss/index.html create [0.00s] output/sitemap.xml create output/style.css 9 new, 0 updated, 0 skipped [0.72s] * Running on http://127.0.0.1:8000/
Real World Examples?
- Practicing web development – Mark van Lent [source]
- mecker. mecker. mecker. – Martin Zimmermann [source]
- Groovematic – Isman Firmansyah [source]
- Christoph Polcin – Christoph Polcin [source, theme]
- Knitatoms – Tom Atkins [source]
See commands for a detailed overview.
$ acrylamid --help usage: acrylamid [-h] [-v] [-q] [-C] [--version] ... positional arguments: init initializes base structure in DIR compile compile blog view fire up built-in webserver autocompile automatic compilation and serving new create a new entry check run W3C or validate links deploy run task import import content from URL or FILE info short summary ping notify ressources optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit -v, --verbose more verbose -q, --quiet less verbose -C, --no-color disable color --version show program's version number and exit
#acrylamid on Freenode! If you found a bug, please report it on
GitHub Issues. The project has also a mailing list [Archive], just send
an email to
email@example.com and you have subscribed .
How to contribute
Communication. Beside that, I am open for most enhancements, just two requirements:
- resepect PEP-8 (max line length may vary, but use 80 as your soft limit
and 100 as your hard limit; 105 for ugly
- I prefer clear code (early return instead of nested else etc.) and concise
variable (and configuration) names. Also:
@[cached_]propertyis way better than get_thing(self).
Be aware, that the current master has been quite diverged from the PyPi release (legacy/0.7 branch). If you are going to fix a bug, branch off the legacy branch. On the other hand, if you want to contribute features, branch off the master branch, but expect things to be changed/broken/removed.
The master branch features a 2.6/2.7/3.3 unified code base, please have a look
acrylamid.compat module (e.g. map, filter etc).