Good Morning Kate – New Day, New Design

Kate has since more than one year a new WordPress powered site. During last years Akademy, Dominik and I installed it and filled it with first life.

It replaced the old Drupal powered site, that Anders did set up years ago. Thanks again to Anders here, for the work he did on the old page. But since the day Anders didn’t have that much time any more for Kate development, it somehow lost its drive (as Dominik an I are not at all capable to work with Drupal, whereas Anders really was an well practiced Drupal admininstrator). The current WordPress site is much more usable for us, as we know WordPress much better than Drupal. The initial import of the content of the old Drupal page was kind of painful, but most stuff was moved over even during Akademy, just some outdated howtos and faqs got purged.

Since over an year, the current page is a vibrant source of news around Kate and KDE in general. It helped to promote Kate and for example provided our GSoC students with a central place to post about their projects.

Today I was kind of bored, after being back from the Desktop Summit in Berlin, therefore I have taken a look at the design of our page (and I searched for nice eyecatcher, here a Monarch, link to german Wikipedia, as there the image was found).

As we started the page, I experimented some days with WordPress themes and finally ended using Carrington Blog. Whereas it did not really have a suitable layout for our page, its look and feel was nice and 5 lines code later, it had a for us usable one column layout.

Today I revisited the design and somehow thought why not refresh the page. After wading for several hours through “free” themes of any kind, I arrived at PressWork. Its very plain design just caught my eye. And even better, it has some nice HTML5 based interactive editor to fiddle around with stuff like sidebar placement, sizes, fonts, colors, … Nice! After a bit over a hour playing around with it, I got a kind of nifty new and fresh design going. Event without any pictures, it really is kind of elegant 😉 (At least for my taste).

Therefore, all that wake up soon, here it is, in a new fresh design. It is not really finished, will play a bit with colors/widgets/sizes/… around in the next days. But overall, I think it will stay that way. Lets hope for a next successful year for both my poor small editor (component) and its website!

Together with the new design, I added buttons to allow easy sharing of posts with social media of any kind (thanks to Dominik for the idea). Lets see if that keeps even more readers rolling in here. Spread the work. We both want a lot more users and a lot more contributors (and yes, I count documentation writers, usability guys and others in, not only developers).

Thanks to all contributors, keep rocking!

Now: good night, or better, good morning!

200 Bugs only ;)

Kate (App + Part + KWrite) is down to 200 bugs, thanks a lot to all people helping with this effort, e.g. Dominik, Erlend, Adrian, …

Perhaps others want to join, we have still a lot bugs and many are quiet some work (and stuff like BiDi errors are not that nice to fix, if you have actually no clue about the used languages :/)

Added “gq” (format text) command for the Vi Input Mode

It’s been a nice week here in Berlin at the Desktop summit. I have even got some coding done. A command I often missed from Vim was the gq command that re-formats text based on your text width setting. For example, if you want to stick to a sixty-columns layout, you often have to re-format the text when adding or removing something, like in this screenshot where some text has been surrounded by HTML tags:

By using the gq command, the text will be re-formatted and looks nice again:

I have implemented this command now, so this will be in Kate for KDE 4.8. I hope other users of the Vi Input Mode find it useful too. 🙂

Bug Fight!

Lets fight the bugs (or here bugs fighting each other, from de.wikipedia).

Dominik and I did a nice bug squashing here at Berlin Desktop Summit 2011. We already met some weeks ago to hunt down bugs in Kate at Saarbrücken, but this additional time really helped a lot. The progress of the last 365 days look quiet promising.

We actually really fixed quiet a lot of them and sorted out no longer valid ones. In addition a lot of wish list items got either done or invalidated. We just can’t keep wishlist items for any missing feature we have, e.g. for any missing highlighting. It is not manageable. We won’t close any wishs for valid extensions, but stuff like: i would like a hl xml file for XYZ or I would like a js indenter for XYZ must go away. Either submit a own .xml or .js file for the job or we won’t get it anyway.

Here a BIG THANKS to all people that actually submitted for example new highlighting files in their wish list items or who pointed to places to get open source highlighting files to add!

It would be really nice to get some help with the bugs/wishs.
A lot are just very small things to do, but nobody in the Kate team has really a lot time for it.
Others just take a lot of time to debug and fix, which is not available, either 🙁

To write a highlighting, we have a real well tutorial here.
The same holds for indentation javascripts, look here.
If the tutorial lack anything, we are really happy about any update for them!

If you like Kate and use it and have any clue about developing with C++ (and a bit knowledge about Qt/KDE), please step up and help us to fix the remaining issues. Any help is welcome and on any recent distribution you can build Kate in no time with this tutorial. You need no bleeding edge KDE, 4.5/6 should be ok, for sure 4.7 will work, too!

Please all interested people, head over to Kate’s bugs and Kate’s wishs and help to get rid of them!

But please have a hearth for the real bugs, like the above shown Lucanus cervus, they are quiet rare, at least here in Germany!

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