My templates are open source

As I was working on Fargo 2, I got more comfortable with GitHub, and did something I’ve always wanted to do — I released the templates for the core types in as open source. I hope at some point (now?) this will help get a design community booted up around Fargo.

Why? Well I’m all thumbs when it comes to CSS. But I love the results that great designers can produce with it. Fargo is a design platform, and the templates, released as open source, can make that work as a real community.

For example, I had trouble making Disqus comments work with the medium template, so I tabled it. I never have gotten back to it. Maybe someone else has the patience or know-how to make it work.

To make this work, you have to learn how to use Fargo as a CMS. And that’s another benefit. If we can have a platform that’s equally comfortable for writers, programmers and designers, then we really have something. This is something we had working well in the early blogging communities, with my own Manila and Radio, as well as with Blogger, Movable Type, Tumblr. We can have it again, with the benefits of modern browsers and servers.

The templates are released in OPML and plain text. If you want to edit them in Fargo, of course you’d use the OPML. If you figure out a way to make it work when editing as plain text, more power to you, I still want to share.

Also this may seem like gibberish today, but I hope in a few months it’ll seem easy.

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About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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