Utility: Enable keywords/tags for Windows Live Writer
Update [Sept. 24, 2007 - 2:28PM PDT]: This should no longer be necessary for WordPress.com, as the WordPress.com servers are now advertising keyword support via wlwmanifest.xml. (Thanks to Joseph Scott for making the change and Adam Vero for bringing it to our attention!) If you’re on WordPress.com and don’t see the Keywords field showing up in WLW yet, try restarting Writer a couple of times.
This will still be necessary for custom hosted WP 2.3, but hopefully by 2.3.1 it will advertise as well.
WordPress.com and WordPress 2.3 now support tags. (For more information on tags, check out Matt’s post.) Windows Live Writer has a field for “Keywords”, which will work for WP.com and WP 2.3 tags, but it’s hidden by default. You can force it to show up by either modifying your registry settings, or better yet, use this tool:
Click here to download WriterKeywordsEnable.zip
Requires .NET Framework 2.0, which you probably already have if you’re using Writer. This tool is released by me, not by Microsoft–so don’t go contacting our friendly support folks if you need help.
Just fire it up, add checkmarks for your WordPress.com and WordPress 2.3 blogs, and hit OK. Restart Writer, and that should be it: if you hit F2 you should see the Keywords field in the properties panel.
Note #1: If your blog isn’t on WordPress.com or WordPress 2.3, don’t necessarily expect the Keywords field to do anything. Just because your blog control panel has some notion of “keywords” or “tags” doesn’t automatically mean Writer can access those fields. (In technical terms, your blog must process the
mt_keywords field in the content struct.)
Note #2: What’s the difference between “keywords” and “tags”? Beats me. For the purposes of this post, they’re synonymous, except that WLW calls them keywords and WP calls them tags.
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