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 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 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.