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January 3, 2003

Text Formatting in Movable Type

Ben and Mena Trott have announced that the next version of MT will have a pluggable text-filtering architecture.

Currently, the text filtering options are: 1) convert line breaks to <br /> [and double line breaks to </p><p>] or 2) do nothing.

This sorta sucks, because if you want to include structured text (eg, <blockquote>’s, etc.), you need to turn off the convert line breaks option and insert all of the HTML tags yourself. The whole idea of a CMS like MovableType is to separate the “content” from the structural HTML markup (just as CSS lets you separate the structural HTML markup from the visual formatting).

The screen shot of the web entry interface looks cool. I hope this is supported in the XML-RPC API, so that blogging tools like Kung-Log can access the new features.

Posted by distler at January 3, 2003 12:20 PM

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