January 25, 2003

reStructuredText blogging

Idea to implement: combine Les Orchard's MTXmlRpcFilterPlugin with DocUtils to create a system that will allow me to type my weblog posts in reStructuredText, not in raw HTML. Basically, everything that needs to be done is to write a simple XML-RPC server that will receive requests from the filter plugin and pass them through DocUtils for formatting.

Of course, even better would be a true WYSIWYG weblog client. It is pretty strange that no such thing still exists - it seems really easy to combine the Microsoft DHTML Editing control with the MetaWebLog API. I would've done this myself, but I don't want to get distracted too much from Syndirella development.

Posted by yole at January 25, 2003 01:49 PM | TrackBack


I sent you a note about this before (WYSIYG) blog editing from Syndirella: See: http://aspnetweblog.com/archive/01252003.aspx

Posted by: Scott Watermasysk on January 25, 2003 06:43 PM

Last time I used the MS built-in editing it generated the most gawdawful HTML. Might be better to go with something like Wiki or what Dean Allen is implementing. The next version of MovableType should also offer a number of options in this regard. Or you could just roll your own set of regexes to take your own unique formatting.

Posted by: photomatt on January 27, 2003 09:45 AM

Frankly speaking, I do not really care about the HTML being godawful or not. If it is that bad, can't the tool just pipe it through HTML Tidy or some other filter?

But there is one thing I do care about: when I'm writing, I want to think about the text I'm writing, and not about the correct order of ul and li tags, and whether I need to escape the angle brackets. My computer can handle the latter just fine.

Posted by: Dmitry Jemerov on January 28, 2003 12:20 AM

+1 for folding in a simple blog client to Syndirella :)

Posted by: Grant Carpenter on January 28, 2003 09:13 AM

MT 2.6 should support some interesting things in this regard. You might also be interested in Textile.

Posted by: photomatt on February 2, 2003 10:38 AM
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