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How to use Simply Jekyll features on your website

Welcome to this feature usage tour. This is going to be another short post that describes how to use all the fancy features we saw in Exploring the features of Simply JekyllExploring the features of Simply Jekyll
Essentiality is the heart of any good software, and this theme is designed to ensure that I don't add things that I won't use on a daily basis or not have things that would be important for my personal usecase. It has been designed carefully to get rid of all the feature creeps, bloatwares, etc. i.e., no bootstrap, no semantic, no jquery, no nothing…

That said, this is a ready made theme and I am making it public so that more number of people will use it and enjoy the experience of using it...
. So without further ado, let's get started.

The default features

All the default jekyll markdown features are made available such that they don't cause any conflict with the custom features that we have implemented. To see how to the raw markdown gets generated, go to the Test page to see how the raw markdown is renderedTest page to see how the raw markdown is rendered
This is intended as a quick reference and showcase.

Table of Contents

Headers
Emphasis
Lists
Links
Images
Code and Syntax Highlighting
Tables
Blockquotes
Inline HTML
Horizontal Rule
Line Breaks


Headings


# H1
## H2
### H3
#### H4
##### H5
###### H6


H1
H2
H3
H4
H5
H6

Emphasis


Emphasis, aka italics, with *asterisks* or ...

The Custom features

General Syntax

  • Internal links: [​[​Some Link]]

  • External links: [​[​Some Text::https://address-to-the-website]]

Anything text inside a double square bracket is considered as an internal link. The text has to be a valid title, if you provide a random text inside double square brackets, it will showup highlighted in yellow telling you that there is no essay/article/file with the mentioned title.

Similarly, for external links all you have to do is add a double colon after the "Alt text" and enter the link to the website after the double colon as seen below.

Examples

Example of an internal link that points to a valid post or page, that is, a page with the title (not url) mentioned in the double brackets.

Raw Syntax: [​[​Comparison based on accomplishment does not have a baseline]]

Rendered Text: Comparison based on accomplishment does not have a baselineComparison based on accomplishment does not have a baseline
I would just note that you have an image of some "great X" that you are trying to live up to, when really, there is no frame of reference to standardize a measure for X. Point being you and your circumstances are completely unique[[Warren Buffet talks about the idea of maintaining an inner score card of principles to escape this girardian mimetic rat-race::rmn]]. Also, James Richardon, the poet, says this beautifully in his book "Vectors: Aphorisms and 10 Second Essays":


“He wants to know...

Example of an internal link that do not point to a valid post or page, that is, a page with the title (not url) mentioned in the double brackets.

Raw Syntax: [​[Title of a non-existent page]]

Rendered Text: Title of a non-existent page

2. Creating a sidenote or a marginnote

General Syntax

  • Sidenote: [​[Some Text::keyword-of-the-type-of-the-sidenote]]

  • Marginnote: [​[​Some Text::keyword-of-the-type-of-the-marginnote]]

Type of the sidenote/marginnote keyword
Left Sidenote lsn
Right Sidenote rsn
Left Marginnote lmn
Right Marginnote rmn

So, all you have to do is type in the keywords of the corresponding type of sidenote or marginnote after the double colon in the above syntax

Examples

Example of a sidenote to the right side of the page:

Raw Syntax: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec rutrum tortor in pharetra vehicula. Fusce gravida lacus ac sem luctus congue at id justo. Ut sed tempus ante. [​[Phasellus mollis lectus id efficitur mollis.::rsn]] Suspendisse sit amet diam nec justo rhoncus tristique. Ut blandit faucibus nisi vitae rutrum. Vivamus fermentum efficitur justo non facilisis.

Rendered Text: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec rutrum tortor in pharetra vehicula. Fusce gravida lacus ac sem luctus congue at id justo. Ut sed tempus ante. Phasellus mollis lectus id efficitur mollis. Suspendisse sit amet diam nec justo rhoncus tristique. Ut blandit faucibus nisi vitae rutrum. Vivamus fermentum efficitur justo non facilisis.

Same goes with lsn, rmn, lmn

3. Highlighting a piece of text

General Syntax

  • [​[​Some Link::highlight]]

There is only one color right now in which it highlights, a light bluish color, but you can easily extend it to support multiple colors by tinkering with it in content.html file in _includes directory.

Examples

Raw Syntax: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec rutrum tortor in pharetra vehicula. Fusce gravida lacus ac sem luctus congue at id justo. Ut sed tempus ante. [​[Phasellus mollis lectus id efficitur mollis.::highlight]] Suspendisse sit amet diam nec justo rhoncus tristique. Ut blandit faucibus nisi vitae rutrum. Vivamus fermentum efficitur justo non facilisis.

Rendered Text: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec rutrum tortor in pharetra vehicula. Fusce gravida lacus ac sem luctus congue at id justo. Ut sed tempus ante. Phasellus mollis lectus id efficitur mollis. Suspendisse sit amet diam nec justo rhoncus tristique. Ut blandit faucibus nisi vitae rutrum. Vivamus fermentum efficitur justo non facilisis.

4. Partial Transclusion

Transclusion is just a natural extension of sidenote and marginnote feature.

General Syntax

  • Sidenote-transclusion: [​[Some Text::keyword-of-the-type-of-the-sidenote-transclusion]]

  • Marginnote-transclusion: [​[​Some Text::keyword-of-the-type-of-the-marginnote-transclusion]]

Type of the sidenote/marginnote transclusion keyword
Left Sidenote Transclusion lsn-transclude
Right Sidenote Transclusion rsn-transclude
Left Marginnote Transclusion lmn-transclude
Right Marginnote Transclusion rmn-transclude

So, all you have to do is type in the keywords of the corresponding type of sidenote or marginnote after the double colon in the above syntax

Examples

Example of a transclusion to the right side of the page:

Raw Syntax: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec rutrum tortor in pharetra vehicula. Fusce gravida lacus ac sem luctus congue at id justo. Ut sed tempus ante. [​[Comparison based on accomplishment does not have a baseline::rmn-transclude]] Suspendisse sit amet diam nec justo rhoncus tristique. Ut blandit faucibus nisi vitae rutrum. Vivamus fermentum efficitur justo non facilisis.

Rendered Text: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec rutrum tortor in pharetra vehicula. Fusce gravida lacus ac sem luctus congue at id justo. Ut sed tempus ante. Transclusion
Comparison based on accomplishment does not have a baseline
I would just note that you have an image of some "great X" that you are trying to live up to, when really, there is no frame of reference to standardize a measure for X. Point being you and your circumstances are completely unique[[Warren Buffet talks about the idea of maintai...
Suspendisse sit amet diam nec justo rhoncus tristique. Ut blandit faucibus nisi vitae rutrum. Vivamus fermentum efficitur justo non facilisis.

Same goes with rsn, lsn, lmn

5. Wrapping a text inside a box

General Syntax

  • [​[Some Text::wrap]]

Examples

Raw Syntax: [​[Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec rutrum tortor in pharetra vehicula. Fusce gravida lacus ac sem luctus congue at id justo. Ut sed tempus ante. Suspendisse sit amet diam nec justo rhoncus tristique. Ut blandit faucibus nisi vitae rutrum. Vivamus fermentum efficitur justo non facilisis::wrap]].

Rendered Text:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Donec rutrum tortor in pharetra vehicula. Fusce gravida lacus ac sem luctus congue at id justo. Ut sed tempus ante. Suspendisse sit amet diam nec justo rhoncus tristique. Ut blandit faucibus nisi vitae rutrum. Vivamus fermentum efficitur justo non facilisis.

6. Flashcard

General Syntax

  • [​[Some Text::srs]]

Examples

Raw Syntax: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. [​[Donec rutrum tortor in pharetra vehicula::srs]]. Fusce gravida lacus ac sem luctus congue at id justo. Ut sed tempus ante. Suspendisse sit amet diam nec justo rhoncus tristique. Ut blandit faucibus nisi vitae rutrum. Vivamus fermentum efficitur justo non facilisis.

Rendered Text: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Flashcard
Donec rutrum tortor in pharetra vehicula
. Fusce gravida lacus ac sem luctus congue at id justo. Ut sed tempus ante. Suspendisse sit amet diam nec justo rhoncus tristique. Ut blandit faucibus nisi vitae rutrum. Vivamus fermentum efficitur justo non facilisis.

7. Specific classes for changing font-type, font-size, and font-weight

There are classes like very-small, medium-small, small, small-medium, medium, medium-large, large, very-large; that can be used to change the size of your text directly from markdown like this:

Raw Syntax:

{:.large}
Some text here that needs to be enlarged

Rendered Text:

Some text here that needs to be enlarged

Similarly there are classes like regular-sans, serif, bold, italic, oblique, bolder, etc for formatting the text.

Raw Syntax:

{:.medium .serif .oblique}
Some text here that needs to be enlarged

Rendered Text:

Some text here that needs to be enlarged

Other common classes are .boxit that is used to wrap the text, .disable-user-select to disallow users from being able to select a particular piece of text by selecting it, etc. There are more classes like these which you can see in the file style.css. Once you figure out which class to use, all you have to do is just add the class before the text you want inside a curl brace like this ​{:<classnames-with-dot-prepended-to-them>​}

8. Other implicit features.

Features like backlinks, context menu, related posts, page preview are available by default as they are implemented using CSS and JS. So, you don't have to do anything other than write as you would normally to make use of those features.

Note:

When you typeout square brackets, it can be frustrating to type out the entire file title everytime. At least it was for me, so I created a small VSCode plugin, the editor in which I write my essays to autocomplete the titles as soon as I type double squarebrackets. It has been pretty handy for me, if you are interested in using VSCode or already use it, you can find it here: Notecomplete. It is pretty simple to use, all you have to do is just download the note-complete folder and copy it to .vscode directory in your OS to start using it. :)

For setting up the theme on your website checkout How to setup Simply JekyllHow to setup Simply Jekyll
This is going to be a super simple post about how to setup and use this theme for your own website.

Usage

Q. What will it look like when I am done setting it up?


This is what it should look (minus the exact essays ofcourse):



Now without further ado, let's get started!

Setup Prerequisites

For this tutorial, we’ll need to install a few things on your machine (you may have some of these already). Following the instructions on each website to install them.


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