Poetry in Gemini

Miguel de Luis Espinosa enteka at fastmail.com
Tue Jan 26 16:55:44 GMT 2021



On Tue, Jan 26, 2021, at 4:52 PM, Joop Laan wrote:
> ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
> On Tuesday, January 26, 2021 5:41 PM, Miguel de Luis Espinosa 
> <enteka at fastmail.com> wrote:
> 
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Jan 26, 2021, at 3:41 PM, acdw wrote:
> >
> > > On 2021-01-25 (Monday) at 21:23, Miguel de Luis Espinosa
> > > enteka at fastmail.com wrote:
> > >
> > > > In HTML, out of desperation, I created my own tags <verso> and <estrofa>
> > > > and some CSS for quite basic stuff. Not saying it's kosher, though.
> > > > But the thing is that amphora (haven't tested elsewhere) does respect
> > > > the spacing
> > > > even when it's at the beginning of the line, even in regular gemini
> > > > text (i.e not
> > > > preformated). However the proxis fail at this.
> > > > I feel like the web forgot poetry, perhaps Gemini could do better. The
> > > > potential is there.
> > >
> > > Despite the danger of throwing this off-topic, here's how I mark-up
> > > poetry on my website (mostly; I'm correcting some things here):
> > >
> > >     <p class="verse">
> > >     <span class="line">Twinkle, twinkle little star</span>
> > >     <span class="line">how I wonder what you are</span>
> > >     ...
> > >     </p>
> > >
> > >
> > >     .verse .line {
> > >         text-indent: 1ch;
> > >         margin-left: -1ch;
> > >         position: relative;
> > >         left: 1ch;
> > >         display: block;
> > >         white-space: pre-wrap;
> > >     }
> > >
> > >
> > > I like having each line in a <span> because it feels more ... semantic,
> > > that way.
> > > --
> > > ~ acdw
> > > acdw.net | breadpunk.club/~breadw
> >
> > That's one way of doing it. You are addressing the issue that lines, not paragraphs are the units of a poem.
> >
> > However the sad thing is that you need to be sort of a "computer person" to dare to try this stuff. Many people who do poetry will not touch code with a 6 meters pole. But then again these are not the kind of people who would easily experiment in Gemini or Gopher.
> >
> > I'm considering suggesting using pdf, just do what you have to do in your word processor of choice and print as pdf and it's all nice for all of us.
> 
> What about:
> 
> ```html
> <pre class="poetry">
> Twinkle, twinkle little star
> how I wonder what you are
> </pre>
> 
> Would that work?
>

if the client can parse html and css, but if it can do that wouldn't you be recreating most of the web?


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