I posted the previous entry to Movable Type via the XML-RPC based MetaWeblog API. It was sad to see that the non-ASCII characters got mangled by the XML-RPC implementation used by Movable Type. I had to go in and edit the entry manually using the web interface.
Maybe we should accept that XML-RPC is doomed to obsolescence because of the ASCII-only issue and instead move to SOAP-based APIs for blogging. If so, I have one plea: lets leave the amateurish Blogger and MetaWeblog APIs behind and devise a quality API which enables the development of rich blogging clients. Even when developing a simple blogging client I quickly came across the limitations of the existing APIs.