The Boston Diaries

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Ideas for features for my blogging software

The goal last time was a macro processor. I write a lot of math articles. I get tired of writing <sup>2</sup> every time I want a superscript 2. Even if I bind a function key to that sequence of characters, it's hard to read. But now, with my new Blosxom macro processor, I just insert a line into my article that says:

#define ^2 <sup>2</sup>

and for the rest of the article, ^2 is expanded to <sup>2</sup>.

The world's worst macro preprocessor

This is, without a doubt, an incredible idea and one I wish I had thought of. I already use shortcuts like this, such as “---” for “—” (an em-dash) or “``” for the nice open double quote that are “baked” into the code so to speak, but the ability to add more on a per-entry basis would be very neat indeed.

I'll have to look into this a bit more.

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