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Handwriting is a great, tactile, time-tested method for creating content, so who wouldn't want to use it as part of a user interface for posting to one's personal website?

IndieWeb Examples

  • Chris Aldrich made his first post from a handwritten index card with a fountain pen to his website on 2021-11-23.

He used a custom app on his Android phone to take a photo of the handwritten index card which saves the image to Google Drive. Opening the file in Google Docs automatically does OCR on the photo and places the text into the document. The document creation in Google Drive triggers an IFTTT recipe that uses a webhook to Micropub workflow (described elsewhere) that posts the text from the Google Doc to his WordPress website as a draft. He can then edit any issues/errors from the OCR, add photos, etc. and then publish the post with optional syndication targets like Twitter, Mastodon, and micro.blog.

  • Daniel Burgarth runs https://www.stempen.org/, a site about pens in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), that is handwritten in pen with active URL links. It states that it was built with technology from Stylus Labs.


  • PaperWebsite is a platform that allows one to write on any kind of paper, capture the writing via photo and uses AI to convert the writing to text and posts it to a custom website. One can then edit and publish the content.


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See Also

  • Micropub
  • fonts - using a handwriting font can be a method to add some handwriting flair to a site