How does this work?

I posted those words just now from my phone using swentel‘s micropublishing app Indigenous for Android. I had tried that before, but I thought it could not use categories. That’s is a key functionality, as I use it to keep postings like these from the front page. This morning I learned during a session on micropublishing that what the micropub client sends is not determining anything on the micropub server side. It just sends the posting and then lets the other end decide what it does with it. I also learned that in microformats categories and tags are the same thing.

It made me realise that where micropub apps talk about categories and tags it doesn’t mean anything about how this WordPress install deals with that. So I tried adding the category name I want in WordPress as a tag to see how this site deals with that. Turns out it works, if you use the internal name of the category in WordPress. So for this posting to end up in the Day to Day category I used the internal name I gave it, which is ‘timeline’, as a tag.

A quick test of my blog’s micropub endpoint (there’s a WordPress micropub plugin) . Using Quill to post this. Quill doesn’t support categories, so this should initially end up on the front page. Ultimately want to be able to simply post on the go from mobile through micropub.

Results:

  • It submitted the blogpost ok
  • It made HTML appear as regular text, did not interpret the link I added
  • It added all the tags as one tag
  • It, as expected, did not use categories

Also tried to do the same using Micropublish, but that throws an ‘unauthorized’ error. If it worked, it would however support categories, as well as various microformats, such as replies, like and rsvps. Need to take a look at that error message.

I plan to dedicate some learning time in the coming 12 weeks to better understand the protocols that drive the independent web, or IndieWeb. During our STM18 birthday unconference Frank Meeuwsen presented his experiences on the IndieWeb. Frank, Peter and I have formed an impromptu triade to explore the IndieWeb in the past months. In one of his slides Frank conveniently listed the relevant protocols. I’ll plan for 24 hours to explore 6 protocols. Some of them I already understand better than others, so I’ll start with the ones I feel less knowledgeable about.

The ones I want to explore in more detail, in planned order, are:

  • ActivityPub / OStatus, a decentralized networking protocol (as this ties into my Mastodon experiments as well, this comes first)
  • Micropub, publish on your own domain with 3rd party tools
  • Microsub, own your feed-subscriptions (although I already run my own TinyTinyRss instance)
  • Microformats, markup for data, text, people, events (already used on my blog, but curious to see how I can extend that to more types of data)
  • Indieauth, federated login protocol to sign in with your own domain on other services (already active on my blog, but interested in where else I could use it)
  • Webmentions, respond to a blogpost through your own site (already active on my site, but strongly wish to better format and style it on my site)