Doncha just hate test posts? Well, in this case, I really need to see how well Word 2007′s Blog Post feature works, since I’m writing a PLN article about blogs and wikis.
Modified: H1 clearly doesn’t work very well…but otherwise, it’s a winner.
Here’s quoted material.
Here’s a second-level heading.
- One bullet point.
- Another bullet point.
A little followup –done in WordPress, but I’m beginning to think that might not happen as often…(and that glitch with paragraphs vs. linebreaks just wouldn’t happen in Word).
I was aware of a “publish as blog” option in Word2007, but hadn’t actually tried it (guessing, perhaps wrongly, that I’d get the same CSS overload that I’d get with a direct copy-and-paste). That may be wrong, and I’ll have to try that later.
Meanwhile, I now realize that there’s also a blog template for creating new posts–and it works extremely well with standard blogging software. Once I registered the blog (basically provided the URL and knew it was a WordPress blog–there are several other software options), it’s pretty seamless, including bringing up my existing set of categories and bringing up my home page if desired.
And it’s producing minimalist HTML–almost precisely what WordPress itself would produce from the Visual editor. Except, of course, that you’re writing and editing in Word–which I find a whole hell of a lot more user-friendly. (I assume Google Docs will do this. Will OpenOffice? As transparently as Word does?)
OK, count me impressed. I could easily see using Word for all or most new posts. Now, about converting a Word document (which for me means a heavily-templated document) to a blog post: Well, we’ll have to see.
Now, back to the “blogs vs. wikis” article I’m writing…