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Soho 0.7

Soho lets you build a web site from a set of reStructuredText source files (the content) and a template file (the layout).

Latest Version: 0.8.0


Soho lets you build a web site from a set of `reStructuredText`_
source files (the content) and a template file (the layout).

.. _reStructuredText:

Why do I need this

Soho comes from a simple need that I have: I need to easily build
static (or mostly static) web sites. There are lots of ways this can
be done, but I want:

- to use a template: I want the content to be separated from the
  appearance. I also want to have an homogeneous site, with an unique
  layout. I use and like TAL (a.k.a. ZPT, Zope Page Template) a lot,
  so this seems to be a good choice. To me, at least. ;)

- to avoid writing HTML. reStructuredText is great. It lets you easily
  write any text in a readable fashion and can be processed to produce
  files in HTML, LaTeX and other formats. Moreover, this format is
  used to document a lot of Python code (Python itself but also Python
  programs and libraries). I hence use it for my own code, and can
  therefore re-use the documentation to produce a web site, without
  changing anything;

- a static web site that can be served by a standard web server
  (Apache, Lighttpd, Nginx, etc.) or even without any web server.

Typical scenario

In a nutshell, here is the process:

1. I write the content of my website as reStructuredText files in
   multiple folders and sub-folders if needed.

2. I write a template in TAL.

3. I run Soho, with specific options if needed. For example, I can set
   a list of filters that will be run on each file before or after the
   reStructuredText->HTML conversion.

4. I configure Apache or any other web server to serve my HTML files
   or write them on a CD-ROM, or send them to my low-price hosting


You need the following programs and libraries to run Soho:

- `Python`_ 2.4 or higher;

- `Docutils`_ 0.5 or higher. Prior versions might work, too;

- `zope.pagetemplate`_ 3.4 or higher. Prior versions might work, too.

.. _Python:

.. _Docutils:

.. _zope.pagetemplate:

See also

If Soho does not fit your need, you may want to try out `rest2web`_ or

.. _rest2web:
.. _Sphinx:


If you have ``easy_install``, then the following should do the trick::

    $ easy_install soho

For further details, see the `Installation`_ chapter.

.. _Installation: install.txt

Subversion repository

Soho source code lives in a Subversion repository. To checkout the

    $ svn co

You can also `browse the sources`_ with the same URL.

.. _`browse the sources`:


Soho has been written by Damien Baty. The very first version was based
on `grok2html`_, a small utility that was used to generate the first
version of the web site of `Grok`_.

.. _grok2html:
.. _Grok:


Soho is copyright 2008 by Damien Baty.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at
your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program. If not, see the `section about licenses`_ of
the `GNU web site`_.

.. _section about licenses:
.. _GNU web site:
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