It's 2006 and HTML coding is still needed
As I started blogging more frequently than once a year :-) I quickly realized how cumbersome this activity is. Take weblogs.java.net and its Movable Type publishing platform as an example: basically you have to type HTML syntax, and while pasting e.g. XML you have to replace angle brackets with < and > -- even now I have to remember that in order to write an ampersand I have to type 'ampersand-a-m-p-semicolon'. And it's 2006! Other blog sites offer WYSIWYG editors, take JRoller for example. It wouldn't take too much time and effort to integrate e.g. FCKEditor (http://www.fckeditor.net/) with Movable Type, or atleast with this custom MT implementation on this site. I hope someone from java.net and/or Movable Type will see this blog entry.
Another issue (not related to java.net, though) is offline blogging, but more on that in a day or two.