Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.

Re: A common syndication format?

Author:Jorn Barger
Posted:7/2/1999; 8:34:49 AM
Topic:Syndication formats mailing list
Msg #:8063 (In response to 8048)
Prev/Next:8062 / 8064

"I would like to see more HTML elements allowable"

Is there a reason that an ITEM can't be arbitrary HTML?

If there is a good reason, I'd like to see something like no-tags markup supported instead, so that I can offer _italics_, *bold*, etc and the aggregator can convert these as desired.

The other big controversy, I think, is whether aggregators who want headlines-only should get special support for this, and how. In my main section I usually offer a short comment plus at least one pullquote, and if the pullquote is self-explanatory I don't worry about making the short comment self-explanatory too-- so in this case it's no good as a short headline.

In theory, though, I could script things so I could write a second, self-explanatory headline too. But I really don't want to have to maintain two files, and I don't want that auxilliary headline to be visible...?

What I really want is to put ITEM tags around each item in my HTML file, and be done with it.

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