Adding marker tags to a Blogger Pro template is a way of layering content management capabilities on top of the basic package and it's a method that can be applied to other weblog editors and indeed to any other template-based content publishing system. The advantage is that it enables you to add your own content management features, rather than being limited to those that are made available by the weblog system.
Although very rudimentary at present, the small Pro2 family of programs that I've created for tihs site in recent weeks illustrate this point when compared to the internal features available within Blogger Pro:
Pro2rss creates an RSS feed that includes the first two lines of each posting as a description field, and which uses the permalink as the URL for each item rather than sending visitors to the main page, where the item may no longer be.
OK, the downside is that all these functions require manual cutting-and-pasting, whereas Blogger's built-in functions are automated (when they work). But that could be fixed. The principle remains, which is that the approach of marking up the content with tags that can then be read by an external system means you're no longer reliant on Blogger's developers catering to your individual requirements. There are some interesting possibilities for extending this system the one I find most intriguing is to use it to add categorization, which could then be the basis for generating category indexes. So I'm inclined to pursue this experiment a little further to see where it leads.
posted by Phil 11:50 AM (GMT)
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UPDATE: [6/26/2002 7:39:10 PM] PHP functions are now working correctly again.