Just Above Sunset is going dark for now – until there’s a new way to post the columns. That’s it. The technical reasons follow, for the geeks:
The systems issue is that since March 2007, until today, it was possible to compose a long-form essay offline, in Microsoft Word, with the ability to move big chunks of text around, to make things flow logically, and the ability to set font and font-size and font-color in a consistent style and format and all the rest, and then use the Word blog function to transmit the finished column across to WordPress. All that stopped working today, and the WordPress people say it may not work ever again, as Microsoft didn’t keep up their improvements to their system, so the two systems won’t talk to each other anymore.
There’s no obvious workaround. Writing a long and complex essay on the fly in their simple little “add a new post” box is impossible – these things are never written in the fly – and the formatting functions there are limited too. There is manually converting a finished long-form essay into HTML code each evening, and then dropping that into a text box there, but that would be a daunting daily task. This short post was written in HTML of course.
In short, the platform wasn’t designed for the long-form essay. There was a way to post those anyway, and now there’s not – maybe. We’ll see.