Elements of a Blog Posting in Fargo

Click on the big Plus button on the left, then type text next to the page icon that comes up and that is the title, in orange. It will be date stamped after the horizontal line at the bottom of the blog posting.

Then hit enter, then tab, and type the text of the article to the right of the right pointing carat. Note that the icon on the left has changed from a page icon to the carat for these lines in the body of the text in the blog posting.

Hit enter for each new paragraph in the body of the blog posting. And it must be the Enter key on the main part of the keyboard to get a new paragraph. The Enter key on the numeric keypad doesn't give you a new paragraph. Instead it highlights that full line in black. A blank line next to the carat will produce a blank line in the output, which will produce a slightly bigger space between paragraphs, than what you get by just starting a new line of text with the next carat.

See how the space just above here is more than the space between the first three paragraphs? That's because a blank line was added in Fargo to make the space bigger. The time stamp remains the time of when the title was posted, as you add more lines to the text. And the lines will automatically wrap if you just keep typing away on the same line.

If you click on the Eye icon on the left side, you will get a view of your article in a new tab. But there is a way to make this just be a look at a draft and not a completed posting, until you click on Toggle Comment in the Outliner menu. To make it work that way, go to the Settings in the menu on the right side, and select the Insert tab. Then check the box next to the line that says "Newly inserted items are comments" and click on OK. With this configuration, you start in draft mode and clicking on Toggle Comment is like clicking on Publish, which you do only after you're totally happy with what you've written and want to send it out onto the River. At least that's how I understand Dave's posting of 7/12/2013; 9:49:32 AM.

So we now have the capability of writing and posting a blog entry. But now we need to figure out how to post static pages, like Andy DeSoto has on his Fargo outline, such as his Curriculum Vitae and other entries in the other vertical columns of his rendered outline. No such luck with that, so far.

Commentary. . . Fargo is certainly a flexible and powerful tool. I was gonna say neat and then cool, but I thought those words might make me sound too much like someone from ages past. As it stands now, I think the tool is likely to be used more successfully by those who are clever and willing to play with it to get it to produce the sort of output they want. So those with a lot of experience with techie activities, such as Andy DeSoto, are generating impressive looking results. Whereas those who are more newbies, like myself, will have to take baby steps and be satisfied with more ordinary results at first. And then there are those who can't even get those kind of results. I suppose they will go back to far less powerful tools, such as Facebook.

Ron


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By Ron Chester, Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2:59 PM.