Saturday, December 09, 2006

OakLeaf Blog Gets Categories and Atom 1.0

I've just switched the OakLeaf blog to the new Blogger Beta version that supports categories, Atom 1.0 (finally), and RSS 2.0. All posts on and after June 13, 2006 have detailed categories (Blogger calls them Labels) collections at the end of the post, most of which duplicate the Technorati links. Earlier items have major category labels, such as LINQ or SQL Server. Categories let some RSS/Atom feed readers, such as Internet Explorer 7.0, filter items by category. The following screen capture shows IE 7 Feeds view's scrolling listbox with the LINQ to XSD label selected.

Note: One of the things I like about IE 7's Feeds view is that its chronology is based on Last Updated date/time, not the original post's date/time. This means that updated posts percolate to the top of the list; many of my posts are updated two or three times.

Here's Dare Obasanjo's three-pane, open-source RSS Bandit aggregator (Jubilee Edition Beta 1) displaying the preceding post:

Windows Live Writer (WLW) beta 1.0.1(6) works with Blogger Beta, as shown by the WYSIWYG screen capture below: Note: You must upgrade WLS to version 1.0.1(6) or later to work with Blogger Beta after early November 2006. However, WLW 1.0.1(6) doesn't support adding Blogger Beta Labels as tags. For the moment you'll need to do a final edit in the Web-based Blogger editor, which hasn't changed significantly in the Beta version. Technorati Tags: , , ,