I’ve been experimenting with tags, particularly aimed at Technorati, and I rather like being able to add ad-hoc categories and (I hope) increase the visibility of some posts. I’ve rigged up some style rules (that so far only work in Gecko and KHTML-based browsers, since they rely on the substring attribute selector from CSS3 and no one else has implemented that yet), but typing out <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/whatever" rel="tag">whatever</a> over and over has gotten tiresome. Enter Bunny’s Technorati Tags, which automatically handles them using WordPress’ extensible custom fields. No muss, no fuss, just type in the words in another form field.

One thing I haven’t figured out yet: since the list is separated by spaces, how do you specify a multi-word tag like “Internet Explorer”?

To be honest, this post only exists because I want to test it, and because there seems to be a tradition of “I just installed this neat new plugin” posts.

Update: multi+word doesn’t seem to work. (It was a guess based on URL encoding.) Technorati has picked this post up on “testing” but not “multi word.” Next attempt: double%20word (in case the first one was just slow)—but since I’m not sure whether Technorati will re-index this post until I add a new one, it may not be a useful test just yet.

Update 2: Two things: In the URL, WP encodes the % in %20. Figures. Also, that wouldn’t show up as a space in normal HTML. I am clearly sleep-deprived and must immediately begin a period of nocturnal inactivity for at least eight hours. Either that or down a glass or two of Dr. Pepper.

Having just glanced at the code, which I should have done in the first place, there does not appear to be any allowance for multi-word tags (it just uses the standard explode function). This leaves me with several choices:

  1. Enable the option to use comma-separated keywords (losing the utility of the convenient form field)—and re-enable it every time I upgrade the plugin.
  2. Contact the plug-in author and request the feature.
  3. Hack the plug-in to enable it and submit the changes to the author.
  4. Use a plug-in that takes another approach, like TechnoTag.

#3 sounds like my best bet, but I think I ought to sleep first.

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