Post #60

XML feed moving to new location

25th November 2003, mid-afternoon | Comments (8)

Just to let you know that I’m going to be swapping my XML feed to a new location. Sorry to be a pain, but this change will let me offer further syndication options at a later date if needed.

So, where’s it moving to? Well there’ll be four RSS formats on offer at the following locations (in fact, they’re there now, so why not swap over today):

A page explaining the feeds, and detailing any future syndication options, will appear at ~/blog/syndicate/, but I can’t put that up until I kill off the old XML feed, as the addresses are the same.

I’ll be making the change at the end of the week (on 2003-11-30).

Stupidity on my part, so once again, my humblest apologies *bow*.

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  1. Dunstan:

    I know, but cools URLS are also navigatable (is that a real word?) buy chopping bits off them.

    So if someone's at:

    And they chop a bit off:

    They have to get a web page. As it happens they'll get the default RSS feed (which is RSS 1.0).

    But what happens if they chop another bit off?

    Yeah, I could give them yet another RSS feed, but then where does my syndication explanation page go?

    I figured I'd be better off sorting it out now, while not many people subscribe to my feed, and ensure the site structure stayed logical and consistant.

    But thanks for the suggestion Stuart, and sorry for the trouble.

    Posted 46 minutes after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Stuart, ↓ Stuart
  2. Stuart:

    Sorry, I'm obviously a thicky. What's wrong with chopping a bit off /blog/syndicate/rss to /blog/syndicate and getting to the explanation of syndication page? That's exactly what I'd expect from a page with that URL. I mean, presumably if they chop off *another* bit, to /blog/, they'll get the weblog, and that's OK?

    Posted 2 hours, 54 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan
    Inspired: ↓ Stuart
  3. Stuart:

    Oh, hang on, I get it. ~/blog/syndicate is where it is now? If I had half a brain I'd be dangerous. Sorry :-)
    Bah. I have no good solution to this :)

    Posted 3 hours, 3 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan, ↑ Stuart
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  4. Dunstan:

    You got it, Stuart. So, it's gotta move, because the explanation page is exactly what you'd expect to find at that URL. If I leave the feed where it is it effectively cuts off any expansion down the '/syndicate/' route.

    Like I said, bad planing on my part...

    Posted 3 hours, 37 minutes after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Stuart
  5. Richard Rutter:

    How about a feed with your full posts in? Yes I know RSS is *supposed* to just supply summaries with links to the full post, but that's not how I and a lot of other people make use of it (think FeedDemon).

    And if you're worried people would never visit your site again - it's too lovely not to.

    Posted 1 week, 1 day after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  6. Dunstan:

    Sure thing Richard, I'll add it to the list :o)

    I'm also thinking of doing an RSS feed for each post's comments as well - hardly any extra work and someone might find it useful.

    Hmmm, bugger, all this means I should have been more specific in my syndication URLs, I should have added an extra level in.

    Ho hum, I can't change it _again_, so I'll have to work around it :op

    Well, thanks for the suggestion, and the kind words. Oddly enough I was lying in bed last night, dreaming up new blogging features, and I thought "Clagnut, now _there's_ a site I like, especially that little menu - it kinda breaks the rules, but I _like_ it!"

    If I were to steal one layout in the whole of blogdom, Clagnut [1] would be it.


    Posted 1 week, 1 day after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Richard Rutter
    Inspired: ↓ Richard Rutter
  7. Richard Rutter:

    > If I were to steal one layout in the whole of blogdom, Clagnut would be it.

    Thanks for that Dunstan - clagnut's layout seems so obvious to me now but it took flippin ages to work out precisely how it should look, and even longer (two completely different sets of CSS) to implement it correctly.

    As for that little menu... well on the surface it does seem to break the rules (accessiblity I guess you mean) but it *can* be used with a keyboard and/or a mouse so it might be better than at first glance. Quite how it manifests itself in the likes of JAWS I don't know, but I reckon it would work fine.

    Posted 1 week, 1 day after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  8. Dunstan:

    It's a cool layout because it provides access to lots of info in those sidebars without taking up tons of vertical space (that's been my new focus recently).

    That's one of the weaknesses of this design, and something I'm trying to fix.

    I'm taking a nose through your code as I type this to get some ideas :o)

    The sticking points for me are always fixed-width items, such as images and tables, they always arse up my plans.

    Also thinking of shrinking the text a little bit here - get more to a page.

    Posted 1 week, 1 day after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Richard Rutter

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