Windows Live Writer: my 500 Internal Server Error -just weird

Windows Live Writer brokenAs everyone knows [hopefully], Windows Live Writer is a fantastic offline blogging tool with a WYSIWYG editor. It interfaces with just about any blog service [Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, etc.]

But then again, there's the crap like this…

I was running in to an issues where Windows Live Writer is having a problem with a specific post…

I could and have published other posts, and even older posts just for testing... my problem was showing up when I was making an attempt to publish this one SPECIFIC post.

So, I went to the Windows Live Writer support forum and submitted my support request... it was almost laughable…

And I'd like to mention that I've put a lot of time in to the Windows Live Writer support forum, attempting to help other users with Windows Live Writer issues, and I know how lax they're about getting to users inquires and actually giving customers solutions to their problems.

I believed it had to do with a specific character, or something. I have posted MUCH bigger posts than this and the size of the posts is small at 480+ words. So, it was rather small; so, where was the problem?

I knew there was issues with Windows Live Writer, WordPress and memory used on the blog server; and that the memory needed to be adjusted for larger posts, but this wasn't the case.

I found that if I removed a specific image, Windows Live Writer will publish the post…

I had to remove this bit of source code for the post to go through…
This images was pasted with Windows Live Writer; thus a PNG.

<p><a href="$image_thumb1[18].png"><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="image_thumb1" border="0" alt="image_thumb1" src="$image_thumb1_thumb[6].png" width="343" height="400"></a></p>

I'm not understanding why this small bit of code is killing Windows Live Writer, and was preventing me from publishing to WordPress.

Curiously, I did a screenshot of the image and then inserted the image again, I used 'clipboard live' to paste a JPG, and then I was able to publish…

Note: That's all I did… no system updates, no WordPress changes; nothing— just the paste of the JPG.

Here's the source code from that one…

<p><a href="$x14vp5i4[2].jpg"><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 10px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="x14vp5i4" border="0" alt="x14vp5i4" src="$x14vp5i4_thumb.jpg" width="345" height="402"></a></p>

Obviously, the problem lies somewhere in Windows Live Writer and dealing with PNG images that are pasted.


I'd like to stress again to the Windows Live Writer dev team, PNG files aren't the optimal method
for posting content to the web; it's been pointed out many times. By using PNG files— they're
bigger, take up more space, more bandwidth and more hosting storage. And this give me another reason to ask you guys provide an option to paste as a JPG, by default.


This was an over extended period of time ago and they acknowledged it, and yet have done nothing. And this is well before 2011 was released.

And also, I'd like to thank them for contributing absolutely no help, nor even the first response to my issue; not even a reply to say thanks or to acknowledge my problem even existed— BIG THANKS GUYS— Great job!

I'll keep on fixing my own problems apparently…

I hope this helps... someone.


Thank you,
Larry Henry Jr. 

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