Weblog Editing is Hard

[Brent Simmons](http://inessential.com/?comments=1&postid=2984:) “Ask any weblog editor author—Adriaan or Fraser, for instance—and I bet they’ll tell you that weblog editing is surprisingly complex.”

He’s got that right. He continues:

Wouldn’t it be cool if weblog systems supported a standard set of attributes? Forget the API for a moment (though that’s important too)—I’m talking about the features different systems support….
Some informal convergence appears to be happening around Movable Type. Recent versions of WordPress and Drupal, for instance, are working toward Movable-Type-compatibility, where they support the same attributes. (They’re not quite there yet, but they’re getting there.)

I feel their pain. it took me quite a while to figure out how to get an XML-RPC server working, and then I found all these different APIs. right now, I have full support for [[Metaweblog]], and partial support for [[Blogger]] and [[Moveable Type]], but full support for them all is going to be painful. Not only that, but the documentation describing these APIs is almost non-existent. Can anyone point me in the right direction for complete descriptions of these things?

For instance, I want to support the trackback feature, but I can’t find any documentation of how that works. What about pingback? Is that the same thing? Two different implementations of the same idea??

I’d be pulling my hair out if I had any left [[:-)]].