Topic navigation is up and running on Read/Write Web, including cross-posting
to both K-Collector and Topic
Exchange
. You’ll notice on the main menu, it now lists internal topics (or
categories if you prefer – you say tom-ah-to, I say tom-ay-to). And in my RSS
file, I’ve added references to both KC and TE. Here’s basically what I added in
the MT template:

<ent:cloud ent:href=”http://topicexchange.com/topics”>

<ent:topic ent:id=”<$MTEntryCategory dirify=”1″$>” ent:href=”http://topicexchange.com/t/<$MTEntryCategory dirify=”1″$>/”><$MTEntryCategory dirify=”1″$></ent:topic>

</ent:cloud>

<ent:cloud ent:href=”http://w4.evectors.it/itEntDirectory/topicRoll.opml”>

<ent:topic ent:classification=”what” ent:href=”http://w4.evectors.it/itEntDirectory/topic?topic=
<$MTEntryCategory dirify=”1″$>” ent:id=”<$MTEntryCategory dirify=”1″$>”><$MTEntryCategory$></ent:topic>

</ent:cloud>

The KC and TE references are pretty similar, except that KC doesn’t need the
dirify=”1″ bit for the topic name. Dirify in this context just means
the topic value is made lower-case and if it’s a double word an underscore is
added between the two words.

Each post references R/WW, KC & TC

At the end of each individual post, you’ll now notice there are 3 links: the
first one takes you to the Read/Write Web archive for the topic I’ve specified
for the post. The next two links take you to the respective KC and TE pages for
that topic. This is all done automatically using the <MTCategory> tag (oh,
did I mention I’m using Category now instead of Keyword?).

There is one downside: sometimes TE and KC won’t have the same topic name as
me. In the case of this post here, I’m using the topic name “Movable
Type” – which is fine because both TE and KC have a topic by that name. But
a lot of times the topics don’t synch. But that’s a whole other issue, which I
can’t fix by myself.

So that’s me done with topics for a little while. I’m going to relax a bit
this week and write up some laid-back R/WW posts.