pankat editor

9 apr 2023


the pankat static blog generator is my improvement over the tools i used before: ikiwiki and wordpress. i love writing offline, tool assisted and articles are versioned using git.


from the documents source (mdwn) a call to ./pankat-static will create the documents (html):

pankat-static schema


./pankat-server is a webserver with traditional REST API but also a websocket API which allows live preview of the article.

pankat-server schema

live preview

this is pankat-server with ‘goland’ text editor on the left and firefox on the right. but you can use any text editor and it works best if it has auto-save, which is supported by kate for instance.

note: this is not WYSIWYG as you can’t edit the preview but it’s a great way to see the result of your changes.

mobile first

another important improvement was designing the blog to be responsive and mobile friendly. the timeline is a way to summarize everything that has been written in contrast to most blogs which render several posts per page and use pagination and hide the comments. pankat focuses on a single article per page style and features an easy to use left/right keyboard navigation system.


concise markdown syntax which rendered by pandoc seemed a natural fit.

reading AIDs

pankat has integrated

  • tocify.js which generates a table of contents automatically (not shown on mobile).date
  • anchor.js which makes quoting individual sections outlined in h1,h2,h3,… easy.

inline HTML/CSS/JS

where markdown is not enough one can use inline HTML/CSS/JS. this way one can integrate emscripten libraries or other interactive content.

window.addEventListener('load', (event) => {
  console.log("hello world from pankat article");

if you view the code of this article (link at the end), you can see it also executes the javascript code in the article and using F12 in the console you can read the string output.

pankat; created with

prompt: cat and book logo, by mcbess, full colour print, vintage colours, 1960s
negative_prompt: ugly, tiling, poorly drawn hands, poorly drawn feet, poorly drawn face, out of frame, extra limbs, disfigured, deformed, body out of frame, bad anatomy, watermark, signature, cut off, low contrast, underexposed, overexposed, bad art, beginner, amateur, distorted face.


there are still entries in the roadmap i want to work out before i merge the future branch into master.

lately i got mobile html working again thanks to help from symisint from fiverr.

that said, i’m already using it for my blog and i’m happy with it.

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