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Name: BlogLiterately
Version: 0.3
Synopsis: A tool for posting Haskelly articles to blogs
Description: BlogLiterately is a tool for uploading web log posts to web log servers
that support the MetaWeblog API (such as WordPress-based blogs and many
others). Blog posts to be published via BlogLiterately are written in
markdown [1] format, with extensions supported by pandoc [2]. Posts may be
actual 'bird-style' literate Haskell files, with commentary in markdown.
Code segments (including actual source lines from literate haskell files,
as well as markdown code blocks) may be syntax-highlighted in the resulting
HTML that is posted to the blog. There are two types (two different
libraries used) of formatting available for formatting code segments.
* Hscolour (for formatting Haskell code segments)
* highlighting-kate (for formatting Haskell and non-haskell segments)
The Markdown webpage has information about markdown formatting options,
and the Pandoc website has information about the extensions supported.
BlogLiterately extends the notation a bit further, for specifying code
segments. In basic markdown, A code segment is set off from normal
text via indentation, e.g.:
> -- This is a code segment but the tool doesn't know what kind!
> foo :: String -> String
Pandoc offers another way to specify a code segment (replace the
square braces with curly braces, haddock/hackage mangles them):
> ~~~~ [ .haskell ]
> -- This is a code segment, and the tool knows it's Haskell!
> foo :: String -> String
> ~~~~
BlogLiterately lets you specify a Haskell segment this way (this is
just a normal markdown indented code block with an extra tag at
the top. In either the above way of specifying the type of code
in the block, you may specify other kinds of code besides haskell,
e.g. cpp, bash, java, ml, eiffel, etc.):
> [haskell]
> -- This is a code segment, and the tool knows it's Haskell!
> foo :: String -> String
Once you have written your markdown file, you can run the tool, specifying how
you want it highlighted. You can specify different highlighting modes for
the haskell segments and the other code segments. If using hscolour, you
can specify that the highlighting be done 'inline' via CSS 'style'
attributes. You can use the default styling (which is similar to source
code in documentation on hackage) or you can specify a configuration file
which looks something like this:
> [("hs-keyword","color: blue; font-weight: bold;")
> , ("hs-keyglyph","color: red;")
> , ("hs-layout","color: red;")
> , ("hs-comment","color: green;")
> , ("hs-conid", "")
> , ("hs-varid", "")
> , ("hs-conop", "")
> , ("hs-varop", "")
> , ("hs-str", "color: teal;")
> , ("hs-chr", "color: teal;")
> , ("hs-number", "")
> , ("hs-cpp", "")
> , ("hs-selection", "")
> , ("hs-variantselection", "")
> , ("hs-definition", "")]
It has to be (readable as) a Haskell value of type [(String,String)],
and it will only have an effect if you use the above class names (e.g.
'hs-keyword' to specify a style for Haskell keywords).
With highlighting-kate (always) and with hscolour
(optionally), the style for syntax segments is specified using 'class'
attributes, so the stylesheet must be provided separately. Sample
stylesheets are provided in the package archive file.
To use the highlighting-kate, you must (re)install Pandoc with highlighting
enabled, like so:
> cabal install -fhighlighting pandoc
> cabal install --reinstall -fhighlighting pandoc
(If you have already installed BlogLiterately, you must reinstall that
as well).
The options for BlogLiterately are, I hope, self-explanatory (given the
above background!). Note that if Pandoc isn't installed with highlighting
enabled, there will be fewer options (no -kate options):
> BlogLierately v0.3, (C) Robert Greayer 2009
> This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY
> -? --help[=FORMAT] Show usage information (optional format)
> -V --version Show version information
> -v --verbose Higher verbosity
> -q --quiet Lower verbosity
> -t --test do a test-run: html goes to stdout, is not posted
> -s --style=FILE Style Specification (for --hscolour-icss)
> --hscolour-icss hilight haskell: hscolour, inline style (default)
> --hscolour-css hilight haskell: hscolour, separate stylesheet
> --hs-nohilight no haskell hilighting
> --hs-kate hilight haskell with highlighting-kate
> --other-code-kate hilight other code with highlighting-kate
> --publish Publish post (otherwise it's uploaded as a draft)
> --category=VALUE post category (can specify more than one)
> --tag=VALUE set tag (can specify more than one)
> -b --blogid=VALUE Blog specific identifier (default=default)
> --postid=VALUE Post to replace (if any)
To post to a WordPress blog, the command is:
> BlogLiterately \
> myname mypasswd "Sample" Sample.lhs
(which creates a new post). If, for example, the post id of that post
(which BlogLiterately prints when it uploads a new post) was '37', then
to update the post, the command would be:
> BlogLiterately --postid=37 \
> myname mypasswd "Sample" Sample.lhs
and the post will be updated with the new text.
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Cabal-Version: >= 1.5
Homepage: none
License: GPL
License-file: LICENSE
Category: Web
Copyright: Copyright (c) Robert Greayer 2008.
Author: Robert Greayer <>
Maintainer: Robert Greayer <>,
Sergei Trofimovich <>
Stability: experimental
Build-Type: Simple
Extra-Source-Files: hscolour.css
Executable BlogLiterately
Build-Depends: base >= 4.0 && < 5,
blaze-html >= 0.5,
blaze-markup >= 0.5,
parsec >=,
attoparsec >= 0.12,
HaXml >= 1.22,
hscolour >= 1.15,
xhtml >= 3000.2,
haxr >= 3000.2.1,
pandoc >= 1.14,
highlighting-kate >=,
Main-Is: BlogLiterately.hs
Other-Modules: Config
Hs-Source-Dirs: src
-- -threaded is some haxr requirement:
-- BlogLiterately: user error (RTS doesn't support multiple OS threads (use ghc -threaded when linking))
Ghc-Options: -Wall -threaded