June 25, 2003
Glitches Posting from Outlook with NewsGator
My last postings flushed out a few more glitches with using the Outlook / NewsGator and the Moveable Type posting plugins:
- Any HTML-specific entity values such as or – need to be removed or substituted, otherwise the RSS / XML produced from the posting will be invalid.
(Of course, the xhtml validates OK, because there entities are defined and available in that environment!)
- Font color attributes such as <font color="#003366"> are not being removed even if the "Remove font face and size tags when sending to plugin" option is set.
Admittedly, this outcome may be viewed as a "feature" rather than a "bug", so I am taking this one under advisement - please feel free to add your opinions on this matter through the Comment facility.
I know Greg will fix these kinds of little niggles in good time, so I can certainly live with them for the moment.
Posted by Jorgen Thelin at June 25, 2003 08:38 PM - [PermaLink]
Outlook posting glitches from NewsGator
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Why We Need Echo's Content Model
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I finally got rid of all the glitches in the data - there were way more entries affected than I originally thought.
The font color is a feature :-) - the thought there is, many folks will have most of their font info set up via CSS and don't want overrides to face and size; but color is something that typically you'd want to pass through.
Can you give more details on the entity problem? Are you saying that a entity makes it all the way through to the RSS? That would be the intended behavior...maybe I'm missing the point.
Yes, the entity makes it right the way into the RSS feed. The problem is that it is a predefined HTML/XHTML entity value, but not an XML entity - so the XML data of the RSS feed file is then not valid XML.
The same applies for – which again isn't valid in an XML file.
Sam's RSS Validator flags the error with the XML data, although of course the XHTML Validator (correctly) doesn't.
What I expected / wanted is for a substitution mapping to be applied to these "strange" entity values *before* the data is sent to the plugin for posting to the blog engine (MT in this case).
So gets replaced with a space character, the – gets replaced with a normal dash character, etc.
The problem is posted on the NewsGator Support Forum as item
Jorgen, following up in an email with you...