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Post-Code Google Gadget Lotus Notes Sidebar Widget

I've made it no secret that the blog template that I use relies on my hand-writing the HTML markup that you see in each post. Sure, I could go with a WYSIWYG editor, but I really think that writing out the markup by hand keeps me more up-to-speed on coding for the web.

The only problem that I run into - and it's not really a problem as much as it's an annoyance - is when I need to display markup within a post. See, if I want to display a <, I need to write &lt;.

This makes the following line:

<h1><span class="greeting">Hello<span> <span class="location">World</span><span class="punctuation">!</span></h1>


&lt;h1&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;greeting&quot;&gt;Hello&lt;span&gt; &lt;span class=&quot;location&quot;&gt;World&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span class=&quot;punctuation&quot;&gt;!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/h1&a mp;gt;

Now, to do this, I typically open a new Notepad instance, write out the code, then run a series of Find & Replaces until I get the publish-ready markup, which I then paste back into my blog post.

After installing the Lotus Notes 8.5.1 Client, and with it's improvements on the Lotus Notes Client Sidebar Widget handling of Google Gadgets, I found a different - and much preferred - approach: Donato Furlani's Post-Code code converter.

Donato Furlani's Post-Code code 

And this Google Gagdet now sits as a sidebar widget in my Lotus Notes Client sidebar, just waiting for me to have to write out some XHTML that I need blog post-ready... which based on a few things that I have coming up, this will really come in handy!

Feel free to download and add this Sidebar widget into your Lotus Notes Client Sidebar!

About the author: Chris Toohey

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A published developer and webmaster of, Chris Toohey specializes in platform application development, solutions integration, and evangelism of platform capabilities and best practices.

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