One feature of Windows Live Writer that Subtext supports is the ability to edit your post slug? What is the URL slug associated with a blog post? What is the URL slug? Take a quick look in the address bar and you should notice that the URL ends with “editing-post-slugs.aspx”. That bold part is the post slug. It’s a human friendly URL portion that identifies this blog post, as opposed to using some integer id. For a long time, Subtext had the ability to automatically convert your blog post title into friendlier URLs. However, as with most automatic...
UPDATE: Using Coral CDN to serve up my images and stylesheets ended up being a mistake and actually slowed down my site. I’d recommend using Amazon S3 instead if you need high bandwidth fast serving of static content. Coral CDN is probably better for cases when you want to serve up a large file (mp3, mpeg, etc...) and save on your bandwidth usage. It doesn't seem ready to be a general purpose CDN for speeding up your site. I’ll add the ability to this code to use S3. In the meanwhile, this code is still useful by simply restricting the...
Joe Cheng, member of the Windows Live Writer team, just unveiled his first publicly available Windows Live Writer plugin...
I’ve just released my first (publicly available) Windows Live Writer plugin: Dynamic Template. It lets you write mini-plugins from snippets of C# and HTML, and reuse them within Windows Live Writer.
It’s sort of a meta-plugin plugin. He has a screencast on how to use it, but I’ll post a few screenshots of it in action here.
The plugin adds a new Insert Template option in the sidebar.
Clicking on this brings up a dialog with a list of templates.
Click New to bring...
First, let me start off with some praise. I really really like Windows Live Writer. I’ve praised it many times on my blog. However, there is one thing that really annoys me about WLW, it’s utter disregard for web standards and the fact that injects crap I don’t want or need into my content.
Of particular annoyance is the way that WLW adds attributes that are not XHTML compliant. For example, when you use the Insert Tags feature, it creates a div that looks something like:
style="padding-right: 0px; display: inline; padding-left: 0px;...
Microsoft recently released Windows Live Writer Beta 2, the long awaited next version of their blog editing tool. Although there are a few quirks with WLW, I find the user interface and usability to be really nice. They make great use of the right sidebar panel. In their latest release, they’ve introduced a few more extensibility points including a Manifest, which allows you to have a branded weblog panel. More than just for cosmetic reasons, this will help those who manage more than one blog see in an instant which blog they are editing. It looks like WLW is...
Several pople have asked me recently about the nice code syntax highlighting in my blog. For example: public string Test()
//Look at the pretty colors
A long time ago, I wrote about using http://www.manoli.net/csharpformat/ for converting code to HTML.
But these days, I use Omar Shahine’s Insert Code for Windows Live Writer plugin for, you guessed it, Windows Live Writer. This plugin just happens to use the Manoli code to perform syntax highlighting.
I recommend downloading and referencing the CSS stylesheet from the Manoli site and making sure to uncheck the Embed StyleSheet option in the plugin.