Ed is a Jekyll theme designed for textual editors based on minimal computing principles, and focused on legibility, durability, ease and flexibility. Users can build a simple reading edition or a traditional scholarly edition with footnotes and a bibliography. Ed was developed by Susanna Allés Torrent, Terry Catapano, Alex Gil, and Johann Gillium.

Ed is appropriate for beginners and veterans. Because it is a Jekyll theme, some familiarity with Jekyll will allow users to take full advantage of the Ed, and users will be working with the command line, html/css, and markdown. While students and instructors can learn these tools as they explore Ed, it is best to have some experience before beginning a project. In contrast to other, "web-app" platforms, Ed allows you to generate your site before you put it on a server, resulting in a site that is faster, more secure, and easier to maintain.

Use cases

Digitally published course syllabi and notes

As an alternative to paper copies, instructors can create a hub for course information through Ed.

Digital editions class projects

  • mini lazarillo, an edition of The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes and of His Fortunes and Adversities created by the students of "From Manuscript to the Web," a course taught by Alex Gil and Susanna Allés Torrent.

How to use it

Replacement for

  • Data-base driven sites (Wordpress, Drupal, Omeka)