Windows Live Writer
By Murray Bourne, 17 Aug 2006
Microsoft has released an interesting blog writing tool: Windows Live Writer.
It is a WYSIWYG desktop application that allows you to write a post locally then upload it to your blog. My blog uses the WordPress engine. Why bother using Windows Live Writer when WordPress already has a WYSIWYG editor? Well, I stopped using that editor some time ago because I found it unsatisfactory.
Live Writer connects directly with your blog admin, which is convenient.
Images: Even though WordPress's image uploading facility is now better than its earlier versions, I still find the process of adding images to be quite painful. Using Live Writer, adding images is very easy - just like adding an image to MS Word. But better than Word, it actually changes the file size - it doesn't just change the viewing frame while leaving the size unchanged. The drop shadow is a freebie.
The interface for Live Writer is standard Windows:
This is the image as per my image editor:
The code that Live Writer produces is not too bad. I was worried it would be full of Micro$oft bloat. The CSS is not so good. For the images, it gives:
style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="180" alt="PIE" src="$104_0427.jpg" width="240" border="0"
There is a lot of bloat here. It should be:
style="border: 0;" height="180" alt="PIE" src="$104_0427.jpg" width="240"
So will I continue to use Windows Live Writer? Maybe - it does seem to make life easy. I'll try it a few times and see how it goes.
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