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Importing .html from TypePad

  1. I saved (with the author's permission) the posts from a TypePad blog before he deleted it. I used the File>Save Page As operation in Firefox. My intention has been to recreate an online archive of posts and comments, preferably with the cross-links adjusted to go to the archive, but I'll settle for having the text available.

    However, when I tried to Import into WordPress.com the .html files I had saved, of course these had not been created by Exporting, so it didn't work. Is there a way to convert the files I have into an importable format? I'm reasonably comfortable working with raw HTML.

  2. If you could convert it to a feed, that could be imported. Maybe Feedburner could do it?

  3. Having permission to save someone's posts to your computer is not the same as reposting them, unless, of course, you've got the author's permission to do that too. Just sayin'...

    Also, it's quite possible that the blog in question is already sitting in the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. http://www.archive.org/web/web.php

  4. That's quite true, I hadn't read that closely. Permission to make a copy isn't the same as permission to publish; ask any music or book executive.

  5. To clarify, yes, of course you're right that permission to save does not imply permission to repost. The author did give the latter permission.

    But "Doh! Doh! Doh!" Yes, it is in the Wayback Machine, all except for the last couple of months' worth. All right, well, that almost eliminates the need, other than perhaps for a placeholder to remind people where to look, since the Wayback pages don't seem to show up when I do a search.

    For the few posts that didn't get into Wayback, though, is there a moderately easy way to handle them?

  6. To clarify, yes, of course you're right that permission to save does not imply permission to repost. The author did give the latter permission.

    But "Doh! Doh! Doh!" Yes, it is in the Wayback Machine, all except for the last couple of months' worth. All right, well, that almost eliminates the need, other than perhaps for a placeholder to remind people where to look, since the Wayback pages don't seem to show up when I do a search.

    For the few posts that didn't get into Wayback, though, is there a moderately easy way to handle them?

  7. To clarify, yes, of course you're right that permission to save does not imply permission to repost. The author did give the latter permission.

    But "Doh! Doh! Doh!" Yes, it is in the Wayback Machine, all except for the last couple of months' worth. All right, well, that almost eliminates the need, other than perhaps for a placeholder to remind people where to look, since the Wayback pages don't seem to show up when I do a search.

    For the few posts that didn't get into Wayback, though, is there a moderately easy way to handle them?

  8. If it's just a few posts in question, then the easiest way would be to repost the HTML entries in the HTML editor window. I believe you can even backdate the entries to the date they were posted on the original blog.

    If it's more than just a few entries, you're back at square one.

    One thing I would suggest is that you run this past the wp.com powers-that-be to make sure you aren't violating TOS. It'd be a shame to go through all that trouble only to find your blog suspended.

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