Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Why I'm doomed to write my own LJ client

I'm gradually talking myself into the notion of writing a LiveJournal Client of my own. The fact that reading and writing are so decoupled makes me a bit nuts. I really like using Semagic for writing my entries, and it annoys the snot out of me that I can't use it to write comments. I'm lazy -- I like being able to type ctrl-i and have it fill in the fiddly HTML tags. In order to get a WYSIWYG editor that will let me write comments, I think I really need an integrated web browser that has a special LJ comment mode. Wonderful project for hacking around in Mozilla, I suspect: an excuse to learn how to write plugins.

(Yes, I know -- "no new projects". I don't expect to do this soon. But dammit, I really do want it, and it may be one of those cases where the only solution is to write it myself.)

But the real reason I need my own LJ client is to be able to add metadata fields. Because, y'know, if everyone else can have "Current Mood", I really need a "Current Button" line...

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