Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.
XML/Syndication vs Syndication/XML
Author: Andrew Duncan Posted: 9/10/1999; 7:30:21 AM Topic: rss channels via email Msg #: 10869 (In response to 10830) Prev/Next: 10868 / 10870
One possible solution, which I've just implemented in a Yahoo-style directory, is to allow an alias from one category to another:
I wrote a Frontier suite for manipulating and querying categories (actually "nodes"), which dereferences the aliases transparently.
So any operation on XML/Syndication is an operation on Syndication/XML.
This was really useful for the project, which is for a gardening site. Some things, like Bonsai, are hard to classify, but aliases allow you fit the same idea into several categories.
The node suite is as simple as possible: 14 core routines, and 5 utilities. It's also as agnostic as possible about the contents of a node, so it can be easily adapted to other tasks.
Anyway, it's certainly seems (so far) to be a workable approach. The site will be live in a couple of weeks, so I will soon find out!
Let me know if you'd like a copy the code.
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