Content and the Blog: Part 1

How awkward does it need to be to create standards-compliant HTML in some blog software?

Very awkward, apparently.

oogle's latest Blogger re-design seems to have snatched the last semblance of standards-compliance from the flailing grasp of the dying platform.

Not only is it impossible to make Blogger insert <p> tags around paragraphs, but marking some content as bold still only wraps it in <b> tags instead of the more standards-compliant <strong> tags.

So, alternatives?

Both Tumblr and Posterous seem to have sensed the blood in the water and introduced a leaner, faster and more content-centric solution. Posterous is now looking a little lost, with its introduction of Spaces, but the ability to post to multiple blogs via e-mail is still a very strong and useful feature.

Wordpress feels bloated to me, but many swear by its excellent build quality, huge feature list and the ability to make it do whatever the hell you want. It is also more useful for those looking to host their own system, as opposed to using a service provider.

You could always set up a Drupal or Joomla install, but they are much more than blogs and require your own server to really make the most of them.

The Code

The most important thing about web content is that it is accessible and portable. I suppose well written should be in there as well, but I see that as part of accessibility.

If we are going to be sharing the content across the web using XML-based feed systems, marked-up with microformats, such as, then we need to ensure it is in the clearest, cleanest, most semantic form possible. At the moment, Tumblr seems to be the platform that not only provides that, but also has the options for how we want to edit that format, such as:

  • rich text
  • plain text/html
  • markdown

What more do we need to get our content out there?