[Haskell-cafe] Help starting a Haskell blog

Gwern Branwen gwern0 at gmail.com
Sat Aug 22 13:39:41 EDT 2009

On Sat, Aug 22, 2009 at 12:56 PM, Dan Piponi<dpiponi at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 22, 2009 at 3:35 AM, Peter Verswyvelen<bugfact at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Could you share your experiences with me about starting a blog?
>> BTW: I'm on Windows.
> I've found it hard work to post a mixture of English, Mathematics and
> Haskell. Neither of the most popular blogging web sites are very
> helpful in this regard: wordpress.com and blogger.com. I did write a
> little Haskell program to do some markup suitable for blogger.com but
> it's very limited for embedding mathematics, knowing only a handful of
> TeX commands, and doesn't play well with blogger's system for
> uploading images. Wordpress looked good at first but I found all kinds
> of problems with it.

Gitit handles simple TeX fairly well; and it can even compile the TeX
to MathML so one doesn't need JsMath to display the TeX.

> I guess I should force myself to catch up with the 21st century and
> learn how to write code to talk directly to these web sites, but I
> find it hard to motivate myself to be interested in writing code for
> all that HTML/XML/ATOM/<Insert your favourite acronym here> stuff. (I
> think my day job is one of the few remaining software jobs that hasn't
> been XMLified.)
> But I've seen lots of nice Haskell blogs with embedded mathematics so
> there must be good solutions out there. What are they?
> What I'd really like is to blog in PDF.

Gitit can export pages to LaTeX, thanks to pandoc, which is easy to
turn into PDFs. :)


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