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The Blogger-API does not conform to the Manila news items scheme. Therefore, if someone uses the Manila news item features (title, url, department) it may not be usable.
Yeah that's blogger way of doing things, not as smart as news items Manila. This is what I was thinking of putting templates in xManilaBloggerBridge then you could send your own formatted news item, but the title of the page would still be the pesky "Blogger News Item" -- not good.
With a "xRadioManilaBridge Plugin" for Manila (yet to develop - I am willing to help) this could be solved. It would have to define an API for posting that allows specifying all the items.
I was thinking of something simpler than an API. Using the Blogger API and then just a callback that said, "oh it's a pesky blogger news item via rpc. I'd better strip out the first link, and format it for Manila news items."
But that would have to rely on Joe Punter sending the news item as a very standard format "My title: news body..." Which, happily, the two Radio express tools: customBlogPost, radioExpress sort out for Joe Punter. But Joe can be dumb and mess with the formatting...
It would also have a method to retrieve the department list of a Manila site, so that this could show up somehow on the posting form.
Yes, that would be brilliant. Didn't someone who was messing with an OS X client have that?
But really, most people use the home page in Radio to post, and wouldn't it be the best place to put a drop down box for each of the news item sites that your categories are mirrored to?
I'd suggest not to use categories for directing postings at all, but rather let the xManilaBloggerBridge Tool insert an own form with a list of sites and a drop down of departments each.
What do you you think?
I think we're stuck with the front page for posting. And the easiest work around is to delete most of the news item template in Manila and reformat via templates in xManilaBloggerBridge, but this pre-supposes that only people with Radio are posting, if someone was to post a news item via Manila then they'd get no formatting...
Tricky and awkward -- that's what I think :-)