W3C Blog manual

The W3C Blog is an opportunity for the W3C Team and collaborators to interact with the Web community. This blog is operated by Ian Jacobs, managed by Coralie Mercier. We set up these guidelines to make people independent, read all of them before sending any questions (to w3t-comm@w3.org).

Quick FAQ about the W3C Blog

Which software is used for this blog?

WordPress; read how to use WordPress. We used to use Movable Type but we replaced that in September 2013.

How do I become a contributor?

Team and Chairs can post, no need to modify db group nor enable them in WP admin. There is a DBWG Group that ultimately determines who can post. Team can edit this dbwg group directly, write to w3t-comm@w3.org. Please ensure that posters have a URI associated with their account.

How to create a new blog post?

New blog entries may be auto-posted to Twitter and Facebook, see below. You may read more on the micro-blogging manual [team-only].

Are new blog posts shared on Social Networks?

Yes, the SNAP NextScripts plug-in is set up to post to Twitter and Facebook.

The recommended default setup used is:

You may use variations around the Twitter Message Format, such as replacing %AUTHORNAME% with your Twitter handle, for example.

What is an excerpt?

Excerpt are optional hand-crafted summary or description of a post; in short, a post summary. From the "Screen Options" menu at the top right, check "Excerpt". A box appears under the post edit box. In this box, you can create one simple paragraph.

You may use some HTML formatting. Refer to the Excerpt documentation.

What input format should I use?

You have choices between many syntaxes for writing your blog post; see WordPress visual versus text editor.

Want a meaningful URI?

Edit the "Permalink" below the title.

A few tips: Use "-" [hyphen] for spaces instead of "_" [underscore] (better indexing), think about words that will help find the content (indexing again), shorter is better.

W3C Staff can read Karl's tip in full [team-only].

Publishing my blog post.

Use the blue "Publish" button in the Publish section at the right-hand side.

You may schedule publishing. The timezone is UTC-5 (Eastern Time). To schedule a post, click "edit" next to "Publish immediately" in the Publish section.

How do I moderate comments?

All comments on the W3C Blog are moderated. It means that they are queued until you approve them manually. The policy of the W3C Blog in a spirit of openness with regards to Web communities, please, try to stay open as much as possible with regards to the comments. We reject all comments without a given name and email address. We usually reject comments with an aggressive tone or off-topic.

Some comments may appear valid but contain (a) link(s). The motivation behind may be to promote a website. The advice is to either replace the link(s) when possible with 'REDACTED', or edit out the "http://www." part.

We catch a lot of spam automatically, really a lot. Still, a few of them goes through and are waiting in the moderation queue. When you access the blog, give us a hand by deleting them. Be careful to not delete valid comments.

How do I use/create tags?

You can assign tags to your blog post. Tags are short keywords, you can use any of them without worries. Try to reuse tags already used in previous posts. When you start typing, a drop down list of suggestions will appear. Separate each of your tags with commas.

Example: A blog post about html and internationalization could carry the following tags html, i18n