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the publishing part of mozblog appears to be working fine. it ended up grabbing the prior posts after i published the current post.

and my interest in the syndication sidebar code? well, if you look to the right, you'll see that my "outbound" links, are getting pretty unwieldy and i spent a good chunk of today looking into blogroll and syndication services like and while these are fine for certain requirements, they both seem to require a lot of extra up-front work, if you have a large amount and/or a frequently changing number of links. i'm not talking tens of links. i'm talking dozens and hundreds of links.

i might be an outlier of freakish proportions, but my personal bookmark file weighs in at nearly a megabyte, and i have developed a load of peculiar behaviors for managing, trimming, and maintaining the bookmarks. so this got me to thinking about taking advantage of the behaviors that i've already developed by using my bookmarks as a filter for a series of related information services. my "public" blogroll might not be the same as my "private" blogroll. my blogroll may or may not be the same as my aggregator feed. et cetera, et cetera.

i started thinking about the fact that mozilla already has a bookmark properties dialogue box which lets you set notification preferences, descriptions and keywords for urls. it would seem fairly easy to use a combination of keywords and descriptive text for each url to enable and external application to periodically poll or, filter the results based on bookmark keywords and then plop the results in a sidebar.

well, it didn't take very much googling to figure out that mike apparently has set the foundation for this with the syndication sidebar for mozblog:

"/** * the sydnication tool works by downloading the list of updated sites.
* passing it through the filter with bookmarks
* the filter then generate an rdf source
* the html is then generated from the rdf

unforunately, i've installed the syndication sidebar and it doesn't seem to be updating.

bookmark: ::digg it ::furl ::reddit ::yahoo ::
5/19/2002 10:58:00 PM 0 comments


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