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Windows Live Writer tagging WordPress blog posts

I was delighted to see Windows Live Writer 2011 supports adding a WordPress blog nicely (pretty much automagically) and it even shows for each post a Tags input box at the bottom apart from the Categories option. It wasn’t showing a tags input box when working with Windows Live Spaces since it didn’t support such concept, but only a (limited) number of categories one could define along or replacing predefined ones (luckily Microsoft is migrating Windows Live Spaces to WordPress in a straightforward way for existing Windows Live Spaces blog authors).

Note that WordPress administration panel has online tool to convert existing categories to tags (and vice versa) which is very useful combined with the tag cloud widget, since categories are practically a tree of relations whereas tags define a full connectivity graph. Pretty sad though WordPress doesn’t have option to merge multiple preexisting categories/tags (e.g. Windows Live Spaces used to add localized and english versions for some categories) into one.

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Version "14.0.8117.416 el" that I use (Windows Live Writer 2011) is still showing (C) 2009 in the About dialog btw:

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And still crashes when selecting some menu options, but you can safely press "Cancel" there and keep on working fine without the app closing down which is very nice since you don’t lose any unsaved work.

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  1. 2010/10/08 at 06:36

    Nice observation! I noticed that Windows Live Writer was tagging WordPress blogs, as I also have blogs on both sites LisaEve at Livejournal, for the first time last night. However the key part which I haven’t had a chance to enjoy yet is your observation that it is safe to press Cancel, even when Live Writer crashes.

    I’m curious whether my English Language version of Live Writer 2011 also has (C) 2009! That is rather funny!

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