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Re Blogistan Editorial: Headlines CSS? & RSS for Posters

I am concerned though in that you mentioned a CSS way of maintaining classic “headline” style. I am most interested in how to do such a thing. Any pointers?

Actually, I’m afraid this is wishful thinking on my part. I’m not aware of any such style declaration, as it would need some kind of look-up table of exceptions, right? The closest would be the unprofessional-looking all-initial-caps style. So, I wish such as thing existed, but I don’t think it does (yet). I should research this, though? It’s also a question we could throw onto the blog – it’s at least as salient as how to do other traditional typographic things such as drop caps, different first lines, and so on.

I ask because I currently use that style, and do it manually. I’ll find it awkward to transition from one style to the next between the two posting environments. If I had a CSS way to manage this type of title style then I could sync up the two writing environments, making it less likely that I will break your rule of style.

Understood. I would say not to worry about it too much. I’m not going to lose sleep over inconsistencies, and I’m aware that my preference isn’t the norm.

Also I am interested in RSS for indivual posts of mine. If you could generate an RSS feed which contained only my posts at RFB – excerpts I suspect, no need for full posts, (others I assume if they see a need) then I could see my way towards maintaining a tacked up RSS feed on my site proper which would contain current links/excertps into the RFB to show what I am writing in this space (RFB). I could create the template myself but I don’t have access to the RFB templates. Any thoughts?

Sure, no problem. First of all, I can give you template access if you like. Secondly, it’s easy enough to do a variation on the RDF or RSS template but add an author="filchyboy" attribute to the usual MTEntries declaration. I can set this up no problem. I’d just as soon do just one (that is, just RSS 1.0 or RSS 2.0), since there are already a bunch of extra index templates being generated (all my blogs also update the monolog page and its RSS feed, using the Global Listings plugin). Let me know if you want excerpts or full entries. Either way is fine. I totally understand wanting to corral all your posts into one place.

This might be the reason why I’d finally get off my duff and write/finish something to fix RU’s flawed multi-author tool.

Just being able to route posts to different categories or blogs based on which feed they come from would be cool. It would also be nice if it didn’t lose the title, slamming it into the body of the reposted entry, too. It’s typical Winer kudgery: hacked together once, touted, and then basically forgotten. Or we coul hassle Andrew into adding the feature to his AmphetaDesk-to-MT hack.

Headlines, why?

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Uh, it’s mostly just a stylistic preference I have, but it’s also based on the idea that if we want traditional headline/title style (which is mostly all caps but not so for a small number of short prepositions and other helper words, such as “of,” “and,” “a,” “the,” and so on) or all-caps, or small-caps, or all-lower-case that that should be applied as a CSS style in the style sheet.

I’m open to changing the policy but I established it at RFB probably around a year ago so I’m asking you all to follow this style more for consistency’s sake than anything else.

Category rundown

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Here’s a list of the existing categories, with some explanation about their intended purposes or ultimate disposition:

Above the Fold
This is an obsolete category whose entries are destined to be exported from this blog and imported into my Above the Fold weblog, which is intended as a weekly column on web design and development to help promote my computer books.
This category covers the blogosphere as a whole, debates ranging among various weblogs, and services – such as technorati – that analyze blogistan as an aggregrated information source.
Book News
This is another obsolete category that I plan to eliminate eventually, dating to when I was using RFB to promote by books.
Collaboration and Community
This is a category for discussing social software, k-logs, and other ways people use the Internet and weblogs to collaborate or form communities. It coulduse a pithier name.
Tips on customizing your weblog using various tools – adding blogrolls, tweaking permalink formats, etc.
Another obsolete category to be removed.
Coverage of the whole weblogs vs. trad journalism, weblogs-as-journalism, journalists as bloggers, etc. stuffs.
A place to note idea-viruses that occasionally take the blogopshere by storm.
Tips and techniques for migrating weblog entries from one product to another.
Like it sounds, a catch-all. Used sometimes for RFB administrivia too.
Coverage of weblogs as a publishing platform, as with Nick Denton’s miniempire of Gawker, Gizmodo, Fleshbot, etc. Sometimes I discuss RFB stuff in this category too, when I consider RFB as an example of a nanopublishing experiment.
Warblogs and other political discussions carried out on blogs (commentary on John Edwards posting at Larry Lessig’s blog would go here, for example).
Product-specific tips and information: Blogger news, Radio complaints, MT and TypePad tips, etc.
Required Reading
This category needs cleaning but it’s intended as a best-of and may eventually have its items listed in a sidebar. Both most popular entries and those we consider really crucial.
Salon Bloggers
Formerly Salonika, a place to discuss the Salong Blogs community and to put items linking to Salon bloggers, particularly when they don’t get filed elsewhere.
Blogs used as a narrative medium, as with Plan B (the webnovel) or Gang Stories, etc.
RSS and other syndicated formats, aggregators, and so on. Atom can be discussed here (but also in migration).
Weblog concepts
Here’s where basic weblog ideas are presented and discussed. Something of a catch-all but not as generic as Miscellany – used to be called “metablog”

What else? Ideally, a post should be given just one category, or as few as possible when more than one is clearly called for.
Category to-do items:

  1. Each category needs a written description
  2. Each category should be pingable and we should promote that fact.
  3. Templates for each category archive need to include the description, incoming pings, and information on how to ping.

Questions? Complaints? Suggestions?
Note: since it’s just us here, I’ve turned off comments by default. Generally just follow up qwith a new entry of your own.

Headline style

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Headline style in RFB is sentence capitalization. That is, capitalize the first word of the headline and none others (aside from proper nouns). I have my reasons…

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OK, if this works then the password-protected Blogistan Editorial weblog is up and running.