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This blog is about unimplemented ideas. At least until they get ticked off; I suppose a few eventually will have implementations too, but fresh posts never will. Because that's the primary purpose of this blog: keeping track of ideas I'd like to dive into, or problems I'd like to see solved. Feel free to join me in implementing, or further developing these ideas. I don't mind working solo, but it's a whole lot more fun working in concert!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Tagged OPML to navbar topic links

An OPML list of feeds can have a set of tags added to each feed, for instance for making topic navigation easier in your feed reader -- Google Reader, for instance. Given a (well kept) OPML feed, with quality tags for good feeds you would want to recommend on your site, it should be a rather simple thing, autogenerating a navigation bar of feed links, broken down by topic.

Unfortunately the OPML feed does not provide both feed and blog URLs, at least not those exported from Google Reader, so it is just half way to a site navigation panel of related sites, but it is a start, and the missing bits would probably be easy enough to pick out of each feed linked. ATOM feeds, for instance, seem to have a nice /link[@rel="alternate"][@href] attribute that should be a good pick for such links.