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Article Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in writing for SilverlightShow portal!

Feel free to share with our growing community anything interesting and valuable you've done or learned - be it an application, control, game, library, tutorial, etc. Your article will be read by thousands of designers, developers and enthusiasts and you may get some good feedback from them.

Below are a few basic guidelines we would ask you to follow before submitting your articles.

1. The article content should be unique, and not posted anywhere else. The article length should be about 1000-1500 words (without the source code)

2. To make sure all articles are consistent and provide the needed level of detail, we would like you to stick to a basic content structure pattern:

a/ Introduction

Start with a brief description of what topic your article covers. Is it about a custom control? Or maybe something specific like authentication in WCF? Use <H3> tag to form the introduction header.

If you are writing about a custom control you've built it is best to put a sample demo right after the introduction. It is best to provide the output Silverlight control. A screenshot also works but it is not as fascinating as showing a live demo.

Download Source Code - Immediately after the demo put a link for downloading the source code. Many users prefer to try the source code by themselves even before reading the article.

b/ Step #N

Continue with dividing your article to small sub topics - the steps the user should take to build the control / understand the technique you are explaining. All step headers should be formatted with <H3> tag. For smaller steps (substeps) you can also use <H4>.

c/ Summary

Write a brief summary of what you have just showed.

d/ Source Code

While putting a source code directly in the article is a great idea, it could be a mess with all those HTML formattings. To handle such problems in SilverlightShow we use Windows Live Writer and the awesome Code Snippet plug-in. We strongly advise you to do the same. This will ensure that your article will look the same way as you wrote it when we publish it.

3. Put your name, email address and short information about yourself at the end of the article. This will help us give you credit for your work.

4. Submit your article. You can do this through our submission form or use Windows Live Writer (highly recommended).

5. You may not post the same article at other websites without our consent.

After we receive your article, we'll review the content for accuracy and will publish it on the website. This may take 1-3 business days.

Feel free to email us any questions you have at editorial at

Submit your article from Windows Live Writer

  1. Register a user in SilverlightShow
  2. Open Windows Live Writer and start the Add blog account wizard.
  3. Choose Other blog service on the first step.
  4. Enter your accounts settings as follows:
    • Web address of your blog:
    • Username: your SilverlightShow username
    • Password: your SilverlightShow password
  5. Choose Metaweblog API for a blog type and enter Remote posting URL:
  6. Then you are asked by LiveWriter to create a temporary post to detected the blog theme - select Yes so you can see how will you post look like when published.

That's it. You are ready to post content to SilverlightShow. Remember that is it mandatory to select categories (found in the down left corner of Live Writer) for each of your posts. Posts are not automatically published - we are notified once someone publishes a post, verify the submission and after that we publish it.

Note that Windows Live Writer does not allow you to upload source code. Please either upload your source code somewhere else and link to it or send it separately to editorial at

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