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January 4, 2003

More on MT Text-Filtering

I don’t think I explained, in my previous post, why Ben and Mena’s announcement is so exciting. The point isn’t that it’s boring to type HTML tags. The point is maintainability.

For example, consider my recent upgrade of this blog from XHTML 1.0-Transitional to XHTML 1.1. Among other things, that meant that <blockquote>Some Text</blockquote> was no longer valid XHTML. Instead, one needs to write (say) <blockquote><p>Some Text</p></blockquote>.

In the forthcoming text-filtering architecture, I would not have to muck with my blog entries at all. I would just have to edit some filter template somewhere to insert the extra <p>...</p> in the output. Under the current system, I had to go in and edit my blog entries by hand. Luckily, since I haven’t been blogging for very long, there was not that much to do. But if I had several years worth of content to modify …

Anyway, the contents of this blog may, over the years, grow intellectually-stale. But it will always be maintainable with the right text-filters.

Posted by distler at January 4, 2003 12:19 AM

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