Current state of posting in Slate

I recently started working on one of the most important parts of Slate, composing and publishing posts.

It was maybe the only feature I actually planned out, and I have a whole section in Things dedicated to it. I already know what features I want to add before I can say it’s complete, but I think I will also release a beta version for this feature, as soon as the minimal tasks are completed.

At the moment, it’s quite basic in functionality. It accepts an optional title, and of course the list content. No replies, image uploading, etc.

The first step was, of course, to add the code to actually post something to But since then I’ve just been working on the UI.

Again, that is quite simple. There’s a field with for the title, a much larger text field which is where I’m currently writing this post content, and also a character count in the bottom-right corner.

Before releasing a beta version of composing, there are just a few things I want to add:

  • Markdown highlighting.
  • Easy way to insert Markdown syntax, such as links, or italics.
  • Replying to a post.
  • Replying to a user straight from their profile.

After I’ve done that, another build will be released!


Christopher Hannah @ChrisHannah