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Dave’s Whizmatronic Widgulating Calibrational Scribometer

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Dave’s Whizmatronic Widgulating Calibrational Scribometer


Dave’s Whizmatronic Widgulating Calibrational Scribometer allows writers
to display fully customizable progress meters in their sidebar which track
the status of their current works in progress.

Release Notes

= 0.3.0 – Beta release =
* Multiple Scribometer widgets now supported. Just drag and drop as many as you need into your sidebar.

0.2.1 – Beta release

  • Now checks to see if your sidebar uses header level <h3> for widget titles, and if so, uses <h4> for the
    Title of Work. Otherwise, Title of Work defaults to <h3>. This improves readability in most sidebars.

0.2.0 – Beta release

  • Added user-defined units of measure.
  • Added option to dislpay a link to the plugin’s home page.

0.1.1 – Alpha release

  • First public release


  1. http://davidanaxagoras.com/whizmatronic/


  • Your Scribometer progress meter’s appearance will depend on your settings. This is one possible styling.
  • You can change several options in the widget menu.


NOTE: The Scribometer is a widget and requires a compatible, widgetized WordPress theme.
1. Upload scribometer.php to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory of your WordPress blog.
2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
3. Add Scribometer widgets to your sidebar through the Widgets menu.
4. Customize your Scribometer settings in the ‘Widgets’ menu and enjoy!


Widget Heading
What to call the widget in your sidebar. Try “My Scribometer” if you find the official title a bit lengthy.

Title of work
The title of your screenplay, novel, short story, etc. If you haven’t decided, “Untitled LastName Project” is standard.

Project phase
“Outline”, “First Draft”, “Polish”, “Revision”, etc.

Units of measure
How do you want to measure your progress? “Words”, “Pages”, “Scenes”, etc.

Units complete
How many pages, words, etc., have you writen so far? Enter a number only, such as 5, 21, or 11,323.

Total units goal
Unfortunately, in order to display a progress bar, you will have to estimate how long the script, novel, or short story will
be when you finish it. Yeah, you can’t be certain. Just make your best guess, and adjust along the way. Numbers only, here.

Height of progress meter in pixels
Allows you to adjust the thickness of your progress meter. I suggest 15. Numbers only, DO NOT include
any text such as “px”.

Color of progress meter border
The border defines the length of the progress bar. It will “fill up” as you update your writing progress. Choose
any color that works well with your theme (or not, it’s up to you). You may enter any valid CSS Color Value such as #000000, or #0000FF.
You can also use any valid CSS Color Name, such as Black, Navy, Pink, or Salmon. Check your theme’s style sheet for some ideas.

Color of progress meter bar
The actual bar that will measure your progress as it grows to 100%. Same color options as above.


Can I hide the widget title?

The elements of the Scribometer are highly selectable using CSS. You can edit your stylesheet and use display: none to hide almost
any element of the Scribometer. For instance, if you don’t want to display the widget title, try this (assuming your theme uses h2 for your titles):

#scribometer h2 { display: none; }
I’d like to give you credit, but the link looks so ugly in my sidebar

Thanks. I think. Try styling the link by editing your stylesheet. Cut and paste the CSS code below to start with:

#scribometer-link { 
    font-size: small;
    font-style: italic;
    text-align: right;

That’s a little more tasteful, isn’t it?


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