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Cox Crow

Asking the Stupid Questions Since 1971
 Monday, August 19, 2002

Irregular Expressions

Well, I found out what it is about the Tools post that is causing it to mess up the aggregator display. It's something silly.

5:20:12 PM # Google It!
categories: Writing Online

An Aggregator that updates your Subscription

Aggie 1.0 RC4 pays attention to what HTTP tells it:
Also the HTTP Redirection header is obeyed and stored to reduce the number of round trips retrieving files. In addition all this information is stored in a seperate file so that if you are using Aggie to read an OPML file from a remote site you still get all the speed enhancements.

4:19:54 PM # Google It!
categories: Writing Online

The man is the head of the family, but the woman is the neck.
— Italian proverb

1:33:33 PM #

How to Really Piss Off Radio Userland Users

  • include a meta refresh element in your rss: this will redirect their aggregator page
  • include a title element in your rss: this will cause all items following (in the aggregator) to not render in your browser
  • fill in the blank — I'll probably find another

Why is this bug annoying me so much? Because otherwise I would really like using this tool. If I can't use it to write technical documentation, then I won't use at all.

11:47:15 AM # Google It!
categories: Writing Online

Attempting to Narrow the Scope of the Entity-Decoding Bug

Why is a hyphen not permissible within the title element of RSS 0.92? The IE6 XSLT parser chokes on it, as do AmphetaDesk and Radio. At least AmphetaDesk and IE6 return an error rather than silently failing.

(Wow, the double-decode of title really broke the aggregator.)

I'm posting my tests to this feed, including meta elements. Hopefully I won't forget to uncheck the "Home Page" category checkbox. So far it seems that Radio is encoding just dandy.

11:26:25 AM # Google It!
categories: Writing Online

No Truncation

I remember why I stopped truncating my posts in the first place. Since the routine could truncate after a certain number of characters, in addition to at the end of a sentence, it could truncate in the midst of a tag. And since it truncates in the middle of tags, like, for example, a blockquote, it could mess up the flow of the reader's aggregator.

Isn't markup wonderful?

9:10:10 AM # Google It!
categories: Writing Online