[wp-hackers] Keywords to tags
shacker at birdhouse.org
Thu Jun 14 18:57:03 GMT 2007
> From: "Lloyd Budd" <lloydomattic at gmail.com>
> On 6/14/07, Scot Hacker <shacker at birdhouse.org> wrote:
>> WP's Movable Type importer currently ignore the Keywords field in MT
>> export files, which is unfortunate when you want to convert a client
>> who's been on MT for years and wants to switch, but isn't willing to
>> lose their tagging system.
>> I've modified wp-admin/import/mt.php to successfully convert MT
>> keywords to WordPress postmeta as a "keywords" field (UTW then does
>> a good job of converting these fields to tags).
>> Is there enough demand out there for something like this that I
>> should consider submitting a patch? If there's no chance of it being
>> accepted, I'll just post the patch in some forums.
> Yes, please submit a ticket with a sample import file (and a patch
> against trunk using the new tagging system ;-)). This is very relevant
> with the tagging being added to trunk.
The reason I've got them going into postmeta keywords rather
than straight to tags is that people use MT keywords for all
sorts of things, not necessarily tagging systems.
For example: On one MT system I run, a small handful of students
posts stories on behalf of a hundred others. But the bylines of
those stories need to be those of the authors, not the posters. So
email=john at doe.com
in the MT keywords field and a plugin/template change takes care of
the byline. If I were to convert that site to WP, I wouldn't
want those items to become tags, but would want them kept as
Maybe that system is an extreme minority case, but I suspect a lot
of people are using MT keywords for all sorts of non-taggy purposes.
So I'm inclined to keep my importer modification as it is and not
go straight to tags. Agree or disagree?
It would however be a good idea for WP's tagging system to emulate
UTW's ability to convert postmeta data, so the admin has the
option to convert to tags after initial import.
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