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May 12, 2003

Alas, a Trott

Alas, a Blog has converted to MovableType. Among other juicy things, this means their RSS feed now works properly, as you may be able to tell from my blogroll.

Posted by distler at May 12, 2003 4:16 PM

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Re: Alas, a Trott

Thank you for the nod; I appreciate it.

Question: Why does Musings show up on Technocrati’s list cosmos once for every post I make on Alas? It’s odd.

(Unfortunately, your validator won’t let me post the link to Technocrati’s Alas page here; but you can go to my blog and then follow the link in the sidebar. It’s near the top, in the “Our Webpages” catagory).

Posted by: Ampersand on May 15, 2003 12:43 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Alas, a Trott

Probably because I’ve syndicated your RSS feed in my blogroll.

My readers get, not just a link to your blog, but links to individual posts (complete with a short description). The same is true for all the blogs in boldface on my blogroll.

I hope you don’t find that annoying, but I think it’s a really useful feature.

As to posting URL’s you just need to escape the ampersands (writing “&” instead of “&”).

Posted by: Jacques Distler on May 15, 2003 2:06 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Alas, a Trott

Wow! I’ve only ever looked at your blog in Opera and IE before, neither of which shows that feature (at least, not on my system). But I just went and looked at it on Mozilla, and that is a SUPER cool feature! Wow!

Now I understand why getting an RSS feed is worthwhile… and I’m a little tempted to switch to Mozilla. (I won’t, though; I’m an Opera addict at this point).

Posted by: Ampersand on May 16, 2003 2:10 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Alas, a Trott

Having an RSS feed is a great way to let people know that new material has been posted to your blog. I’m particularly gung-ho about Comment RSS feeds, which let participants track discussions happening on your blog. You often have some pretty interesting comment threads.

Syndicating other people’s RSS feeds in your blogroll makes the whole “blogroll” concept much more useful, IMHO, though it can have unintended consequences.

As to this feature not working in IE/Opera, I’m sorry. I found it was easy to implement with Timothy Appnell’s mt-rssfeeds plugin and 10 lines of CSS. There’s probably some Javascript solution which could replace the 10 lines of CSS, but it would be way more complicated.

Any browser with good CSS2 support should work. Currently, I know that Gecko-based browsers (Mozilla et al) and Apple’s Safari work. There may be others, but IE and Opera are not currently among them. Since the MathML content in my blog only works in Gecko-based browsers (with the exception of Camino), I’m just not going to sweat about stuff that doesn’t work in IE.

Posted by: Jacques Distler on May 16, 2003 10:27 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

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