Blog from Word 2007

Seems as though Word 2007 will provide built-in blogging. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, since blogging has been a huge success on the Internet, with more companies offering blogging services every day. Now, I know what you’re thinking: How can you expect Microsoft Word to generate sane, readable XHTML markup?

Luckily, the folks over at Microsoft have realized this and are making attempts to change this. The markup the beta version generates is not perfect yet, but they admit this and are working to fix this. Currently, the beta of Word 2007 supports posting to services like Blogger and MSN Spaces (of course), among a few others, but the coolest thing is that Microsoft should be providing an API for the posting service, so it’s conceivable that platforms like WordPress (which I use for this site) could have plugins available that make posting from Word a reality. Once the bugs are worked out, and customization of the markup it outputs is made available, I think it could work.

However, I’m pretty happy with the editor in WordPress right now; it’s TinyMCE, and for the most part it works quite well at generating sensible markup.

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