Pixyll in Action

There is a significant amount of subtle, yet precisely calibrated, styling to ensure that your content is emphasized while still looking aesthetically pleasing.

All links are easy to locate and discern, yet don’t detract from the harmony of a paragraph. The same goes for italics and bold elements. Even the the strikeout works if for some reason you need to update your post. For consistency’s sake, The same goes for insertions, of course.

Code, with syntax highlighting

Here’s some PHP not being highlighted.


public function browse(BrowseRequest $request)
        $artist = $request->get('artist_id');
        $color = $request->get('color_id');
        $movement = $request->get('movement_id');
        $subject = $request->get('subject_id');

        $paintings = Painting::query();

        if($color != ''){
            $paintings->where('color_id', $color);

        if($artist != ''){
            $paintings->where('artist_id', $artist);

        if($movement != ''){
            $paintings->where('movement_id', $movement);

        if($subject != ''){
            $paintings->where('subject_id', $subject);

        $paintings = $paintings->paginate(6);

        // dd($paintings);

        return view('layouts.browse.results', compact('paintings'));

Here’s an example of some ruby code with line anchors.

# The most awesome of classes
class Awesome < ActiveRecord::Base
  include EvenMoreAwesome

  validates_presence_of :something
  validates :email, email_format: true

  def initialize(email, name = nil)
    self.email = email
    self.name = name
    self.favorite_number = 12
    puts 'created awesomeness'

  def email_format
    email =~ /\S+@\S+\.\S+/

Here’s some CSS:

.foobar {
  /* Named colors rule */
  color: tomato;


They’re responsive, and well-proportioned (in padding, line-height, margin, and font-size). They also heavily rely on the awesome utility, BASSCSS.

They draw the perfect amount of attention

This allows your content to have the proper informational and contextual hierarchy. Yay.

There are lists, too

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Potatoes
  • Milk
  1. Mow the lawn
  2. Feed the dog
  3. Dance

Images look great, too


There are also pretty colors

Also the result of BASSCSS, you can highlight certain components of a post with CSS classes.

I don’t recommend using blue, though. It looks like a link.

Stylish blockquotes included

You can use the markdown quote syntax, > for simple quotes.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse quis porta mauris.

However, you need to inject html if you’d like a citation footer. I will be working on a way to hopefully sidestep this inconvenience.

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

There’s more being added all the time

Checkout the Github repository to request, or add, features.

Happy writing.

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Home recording studio

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Watch Out!

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