Thanks to Henry Farrell sage advice, I've loaded up the Textile and Smartypants plugins, which are very nice indeed. I've had a very quick trawl through the plugin directories, and nothing else jumps out at me as both stable and necessary or even that useful unless I want to do complex things I probably don't have the time to do. (Suggestions welcomed.)
But there are still two features I really wish I had in Movable Type. First, a spell-checker. I am dyslexic and a terrible speller (Bad spellers of the world, untie! Dyslexia rules KO!). Second, the ability to queue up a post. Over at ICANNWatch, the Slash software lets me post stuff with a future date, and won't actually put it onto the web page until it's ripe. Movable Type will let me give something a future date, but will post it right away anyway.
Architecturally, that's understandable: Movable Type doesn't do anything in the background, which makes it much less temperamental than Slashdot, and conserves resources. But what if I was willing to run, say, a cron job looking for MT items due to post? There must be a way…
Queing is useful if I’m going to be out of town, or on airplanes, or think I’ll forget (there is more to life than blogging…). I know that I prefer to read something updated daily, rather than something with a huge number of entries on an erratic schedule. It shouldn’t matter, especially in this era of aggregators, but I think it does.
The speling is a pane. You might look at Zempt, a client-side front-end for MT (and others). It allows for spell checking. I haven’t used MTSpeling only becuase it looks like it’s time consuming to install.
The second request is an interesting one, and a little fussier. Scriptygoddess has some code and a discussion .