Twenty Seventeen Starter Content

In this post Helen Hou-Sandi suggests working on starter content to the new Twenty Seventeen theme. UX should be a major concern in all themes:

“While theme review guidelines need to be finalized and documented, it is anticipated that themes being submitted to WordPress.org will be expected to select from core-provided content to promote consistency and to help keep the theme review process from becoming lengthier, with exceptions being made on a case by case basis. Themes being distributed outside of WordPress.org are not subject to the same review process; however, it is recommended that consistent user experiences be the primary consideration in how starter content is chosen and implemented.” (HHS op.cit.)

Hou-Sandi: ad starter content.
Hou-Sandi: ad starter content.

Research and Programming

Right now my research and programming go hand in hand. Saving all sources and notes in a database proved to be a very good idea. Adding new sources to the database is easy in Adminer.

Whenever new additions are made to the database, it’s a matter of seconds to compile a new bibliography file via my Python script.

Now I write, and write. Texts, notes, ideas, chapters, structures … poor out. The database is a major tool in the creative work. Quotations are made via the ID in the database. Since the value is unique there are no conflicts in the bibtex file.

In the actual texts its a matter of adding @wp_81 – or whatever the id of the relevant source may be.

All my texts are written in markdown. I can compile the texts to .pdf, .epub, .docx etc. via a Pandoc script i bash.

With this “toolbox” it’s easy to write the academic dissertation.

Right now the writing process is in a phase of “write-out”. I don’t care to finish anything. It’s like drawing a sketch on paper. But when the chapters are compiled – it turns into a report, with all the academic features: lists of content, notes, and a very precise academic bibliography.

I never thought, that writing and programming were related in this way. But it’s a fact: programming and (academic) creative writing are related.