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kicks
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Static: the Gathering

Thinking harder about the surprising return of static HTML.

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bradenslen
bradenslen

@kicks I like seeing sites done in good ole static HTML and I hope it has a revival. My biggest problem with static pages was going through and updating the navigation manually when I added a page. Well MS Frontpage did that automatically if you had Frontpage extensions on your server. (Tripod did which was cool.)

I'm not sure I'm buying into this newfangled CSS stuff yet though.

Good article, I think you hit all the right points. I don't really have anything to argue for or against. There are so many websites that would be better served by just having a few static pages instead of a blog or CMS.

You did lead me down a rabbit hole: I searched around and found that Seamonkey is still free and still has a working copy of Composer, the WYSIWYG HTML editor, so I downloaded it since I have a Windows computer now. Just in case. WYSIWYG is pretty much my speed in HTML.

I'll research what Jekyll and Hugo are, I've seen them mentioned.

kicks
kicks
@bradenslen I saw that on Wikipedia, but thought it was probably old and didn’t pursue it. But, hey, sure enough! This isn’t bad at all—it loads my site (seemingly perfectly) and allows me to straight-up edit the whole thing. I wonder if it would be difficult to merge this into Beaker somehow… (This plainly uses contentEditable—which makes me realize that I’m quite wrong—there are some lingering read-write features latent in Chrome, Firefox and so on.) I’ll research what Jekyll and Hugo are, I’ve seen them mentioned. I wouldn’t go too far into either of these. I previously used Jekyll, but it got too slow for me to regenerate all my HTML. Hugo is faster, but configuration is just too difficult. There is nothing yet as simple as Wordpress. I’ve ended up writing my own because Indieweb features had to be mixed in pretty tightly. I think the most promising things right now are TiddlyWiki and Beaker. I think that, as Beaker continues to develop, we will see something as solid as Wordpress come out. But until then, I’d stay where you are comfortable writing.
jgmac1106
jgmac1106

@bradenslen If by new fangled CSS you mean CSS Grid I hope you run to it fast. So much better then failing with floats.

bradenslen
bradenslen

@jgmac1106 What is this Grid of which you speak?

Um, I started with HTML 3.?? where the style sheet was right on the page with the rest of the code. Then somebody slipped in this CSS stuff and I started hiring web designers. :-)

Seroiusly, I can edit bits of HTML but hand coding a page from scratch would be beyond me without a WYSIWYG editor or a page builder. Maybe, maybe I can edit CSS a little, I'm experimenting now, waiting for a cron job to update and see if I did it right.

bradenslen
bradenslen

@kicks If I was going to use it all the time I think I would upgrade to BlueGriffon But, most likely for me, the Seamonkey Composer is enough. On a Mac, I'd use RapidWeaver

jgmac1106
jgmac1106

@bradenslen CSS Grid it is super easy. If you can edit HTML you edit CSS