Announceable Summary for Posts


This blog’s structure evolved to also include generation of a post’s summary that can be copy-pasted on microblogging sites.

I already wrote about this very blog’s scaffolding in Jekyll blog on GitHub Pages and later in Preview for Jekyll blog on GitHub Pages.

One thing I’ve been doing over and over is manually generating a summary that’s then used to announce a new post on Octodon and Twitter. It’s usually the title, the URL and the tags.

So I figured… why not make Jekyll do that for me? Please meet the new preview page:

 1 ---
 2 layout: default
 3 ---
 4 <div class="home">
 5    {% include nav.html %}
 6    <section>
 7       <ul class="post-list">
 8          {% for post in site.posts %}
 9          <li>
10             [<time datetime="{{ | date_to_xmlschema }}"></time>{{ | date: "%Y-%m-%d" }}]
11             <a href="{{ post.url | prepend: site.baseurl | prepend: site.url }}">{{ post.title }}</a>
12 <p class="announceable">{{ post.title }} {{ post.url | prepend: site.baseurl | prepend: site.url }}{% if post.tags.size > 0 %}{% for post_tag in post.tags %} #{{ post_tag | slugify | replace: "-", "_" }}{% endfor %}{% endif %}</p>
13          </li>
14          {% endfor %}
15       </ul>
16    </section>
17 </div>

The new stuff is in line 12: an added paragraph with the summary as describe before. The styling is simple, in main.scss:

.announceable {
  font-size: $small-font-size;
  font-family: $base-font-family;
  color: $grey-color;
  text-indent: 0;
  border-left: 1px solid $grey-color;
  margin-left: 3em;
  padding-left: 0.5em;

An example rendering is the following:

Announceable summary examples


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