The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Thursday, August 22, 2002

Now and future features

In talking the subject over with Rob and some email exchanges with Aaron Swartz I've decided that even though I'm a bit relunctant I've decided to go ahead to include the entry bodies in my RSS feed.

As Aaron said:

But it's OK for their browser to reformat it as they see fit? What if my aggregator is my browser.

He has a point. And if Marcus, who spent over a month working on his site design is okay with his RSS feed …

It wasn't that much work to add the full descriptions (although I did have to add some code to make sure that the entries contained abosolute URLs but nothing difficult).

Now, adding comments to my journal/blog on the other hand …

At first, it was one person asking for comments. After awhile there was someone else. Now I have a whole gaggle of people clamouring for me to add comments.

Sigh.

It's not like it's difficult or anything; I just don't know how I want to integrate them with the rest of this site. This whole site is an experiment where each entry has a unique URL—and one that isn't tied to a portion of a page (I dislike having to use the fragment portion of the URL to specify a document fragment—why else would I go through the trouble of writing a bunch of code to handle portions of documents?). So I would like to treat comments the same way I treat entries here, but I'm unsure of the best way to go about doing that.

And even if I figure out a way, do I always display the comments? Have a link to read the comments? Not quite cut and dry.

Still pondering …

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